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 2019/20

To support community-led research on “Food insecurity, diet and obesity” with a partner organisation who works with the ethnic minority community.

News and updates

Food security, diet and obesity – community-led research

Central and West Integration Network were supported by CFHS/NHS Health Scotland last year to lead a community-led research project. The research explored the experiences of ethnic minority communities around food security, ...

Cafes in communities

Are you involved in running a café in a local community (geographical or shared interest) run for local people and/or by local people on a ...

Reasons to be cheerful part 2 – CFHS cooking skills research. What did we learn about the best ways to run a cooking skills course?

Our cooking skills study group realist evaluation (2016-2018), gathered information from 29 community cooking skills courses (attended by 75 adults -all of whom were managing ...

Cooking skills blog: Cooking skills research – Reasons to be cheerful, part one

Earlier this year, around 50 people, many who run or manage cooking skills activities came together to hear evidence about the impact of community cooking ...

Self-evaluation programme for community cafes

Between August 2017 and March 2018 we worked with a small group of community cafes to look at self-evaluation.  Together they developed a list of community cafe ...

Guest blog – community-led research generates more than research knowledge

Our guest blog is from Lesley Greenaway, a free-lance evaluator and consultant. She has a PhD in Participative Evaluation, and is committed to building capacity for research ...

Community café self evaluation group – outcomes to evaluate impact

We have been working with a group of community cafes to look at self-evaluation. Together they have developed a list of community cafe outcomes to reflect the range of ...

Cooking skills blog 29: Finding out if your cooking skills courses are ‘working’: Guest blog: what’s the difference between ‘observation’ and ‘third party’?

All members of our cooking skills study group are aiming to use a combination of three different evaluation sources to find out if their courses ...

Cooking skills blog 27: Cooking skills research: Are you more likely to cook if you have cooking skills?

This blog post looks at a research article which suggests that possessing cooking ‘skills’ is only one of a range of factors associated with whether ...

Cooking skills Blog 26: Finding out if your cooking skills courses are ‘working’: Using both questionnaires and observation as methods

This week, my colleague Jacqui and I have been visiting members of our cooking skills study group and discussing what we have been finding out ...