Topic: research

Strengthening the future for community retailers

This publication is an accessible summary of research carried for us out in 2016 by the University of Stirling’s Institute for Retail Studies. It looked at the sustainability of community retailing. It includes the research’s key finding and recommendations. Strengthening the future for community retailers (pdf)

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Staying power

This publication consolidates and reflects on the key findings and recommendations included in five pieces of research about community retailing, which were carried out between 2007 and 2016 It also considers notes and reports of a community retailing round table, and events and meetings held for community retailers and stakeholders. Staying power (pdf)

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Just getting on with it

Practitioners who run cooking skills courses have told us that they have worked with course participants who may be experiencing food insecurity and were struggling to feed themselves and their families. We wanted to explore this issue further by undertaking a short project to find out: what methods community cooking course practitioners currently use to support those …

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Fare Choice Issue 74

February 2017 edition

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What’s cooking in Scotland? Part 3

This guide is for anyone who runs, manages or commissions cooking skills courses for people within low-income communities or who are vulnerable. It will also be useful for those designing or running train the trainer cooking skills courses.

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The nature and extent of food poverty/insecurity in Scotland

In October 2014, CFHS commissioned a group of research scientists to consider questions of food insecurity/poverty in Scotland. The main aim of the research was to explore the wider context of household food poverty/insecurity (HFI)  in Scotland and to develop an understanding of the current level and nature of HFI to inform policy and practice. The …

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A review of practical cooking skills activities which focus on promoting an affordable healthy balanced diet for adults, young people and their families within low-income communities in Scotland

In 2014 Community Food and Health Scotland/NHS Health Scotland commissioned a realist review of community cooking skills activities run by community initiatives and agencies. The review planned to explore issues such as how the social circumstances of participants and the approach of the cooking skills activities can affect the outcomes. The researchers analysed 81 sets …

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Older people eat well: literature review

In early 2014, CFHS worked with Evaluation Support Scotland to commission a short evidence review of the literature on the ways in which the third sector supports older people to eat well. This has now been published as part of the ESS ‘Stitch in Time’ programme. The starting point for the review was the nested …

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The impact of community cookery skills activities on families – a comparison between three different approaches

In October 2012 Consilium Research and Consultancy Limited was commissioned by CFHS to explore the impact of different approaches to delivering community cookery skills activities on families. The research aims to identify and analyse the sustainable outcomes for families engaging in three approaches to delivering cooking courses.

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Evaluation of Fife Community Kitchen

In November 2011, NHS Fife commissioned Blake Stevenson Ltd to evaluate Fife’s Community Kitchen, located at Adam Smith’s College’s Levenmouth campus. The report, executive summary and appendices are included.

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