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 2018/19

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

Research – factors affecting the sustainability of community retailing

In 2015 CFHS commissioned research to identify the factors that affect the sustainability of community retailers (food co-ops, fruit and vegetable stalls and barras and ...

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 ...