commissioned by CFHS

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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Meta-synthesis of findings from evaluations and qualitative interviews of work involving community food and its impact on mental health and wellbeing

Improving mental health and diet are important components of the public health agenda in the UK. Community organisations have an important role to play in promoting mental health and wellbeing, and a number of community-based food projects are specifically designed to address this issue. However, impact assessment for such projects is difficult, and in-depth, high-quality …

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Evaluation of the impact of the Scottish Grocers Federation Healthy Living Programme on community retailers

This research looks at the impact of the Scottish Grocers Healthy Living Programme’s training and resources on community retailers selling fruit and vegetables. The research highlights the benefits of both the training and resources, but also their limitations. It also makes some recommendations about how else the programme could support community retailers.

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Mapping of the Community and Voluntary Sector Contributions to Improving Maternal and Infant Nutrition in Scotland

This report sets out the findings from mapping the contributions of the community and voluntary sector to improving maternal and infant nutrition in Scotland.  The study was commissioned by CFHS.

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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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Development of a produce supply chain between community growers, caterers, and retailers in Edinburgh

CFHS commissioned Blake Stevenson to carry out research into the feasibility of establishing a produce supply chain between community growers, caterers and retailers in Edinburgh.

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Food services for older people

This study was commissioned by Consumer Focus Scotland/CFHS to provide baseline information about the range and extent of food services for older people living in the community in Scotland. The research explored consumers’ views on these services and sought to address gaps in provision.

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