Research and evaluation

CFHS commissions research and evaluation in order to:

  • build the evidence base on the nature and extent of community food activity in Scotland
  • identify the contribution of this work in reducing health inequalities and barriers to healthy and affordable food
  • explore new ideas for improving food and health work.

We share our findings with community food initiatives (CFIs), policymakers and key stakeholders to promote learning and improve practice.

We help CFIs build their capacity to self-evaluate by offering learning opportunities, and support them in commissioning their own research and evaluation. We also evaluate our own work and funding initiatives.

Our plan for 2017/18

  • To investigate, scope and shape a longitudinal research project into the impact and contribution of community led approaches in addressing food insecurity in low income communities. This will build on learning from community led research on food insecurity carried out previously and learning from NHS Health Scotland’s research and investment in community development.
  • Development of a self-evaluation programme for a sample of community cafes.
  • Facilitation of a stakeholder event to inform future business planning. The event will include two sessions: an HIIA stakeholder consultation, and consultation about the allocation and best use of CFHS resources.

News and updates

Household food insecurity

In December 2016, at Serenity Café in Edinburgh, a workshop was held sharing learning about, and reflecting on, work that is currently taking place in ...

Community-led research into food security and insecurity

Research reports from our three community partners - Central and West Integration Network, Linwood Community Development Trust, and Borders Healthy Living Network are now available. ...

Community retailing research

In December 2015, CFHS commissioned the University of Stirling's Institute of Retail Studies to carry out a piece of research looking at the future sustainability ...

Research – exploring the impacts of community retailing

CFHS is commissioning research to explore the economic, social and environmental impacts that community retailers are bringing to the communities they work with and within, ...

Evaluation support

In autumn 2014 six organisations participated in a four-day Evaluating Impact Learning Account workshop programme on evaluation; all completed the course and are applying their ...

The nature and extent of food poverty/insecurity in Scotland

CFHS has commissioned this research to explore the wider context of food poverty/insecurity in Scotland and to develop an understanding of the current level and ...

Evaluation training opportunity

We are offering community food initiatives the chance to do one day’s free training in evaluation, provided by Evaluation Support Scotland. The day will be run ...

CFHS research project – do you run practical cooking skills activities for adults or young people?

Do you have cooking skills evaluation reports that are gathering dust and too few people to read them?If your answer is yes, please can ...

Evaluation of CHANGES Eat Well – Stay Active course

CFHS has provided some funding to CHANGES community health project in Musselburgh to carry out an evaluation of its Eat Well - Stay Active course. ...

Research around cooking skills

We are currently working with our colleagues in NHS Health Scotland to gather evidence around the impact of community cooking courses.  For more information about ...