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Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Overview
Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Overview
Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Overview
Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Overview
Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Overview
Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Overview
Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Overview
Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Overview
Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Overview
Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Overview
Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Overview
Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Overview
Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Overview
Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Overview
Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Overview
Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Overview
Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Overview
Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Overview
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Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Overview

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This presentation provides an overview of Community-University Research Alliance (CURA): Activating Change Together (ACT) for Community Food Security. …

This presentation provides an overview of Community-University Research Alliance (CURA): Activating Change Together (ACT) for Community Food Security.

Rooted in lived experiences, real community needs and innovative solutions, it amplifies and broadens conversation, research, and action to strengthen capacity for policy change. Our vision of Community Food Security (CFS) in Nova Scotia includes access to enough affordable, healthy, and culturally appropriate food, produced in socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable ways that promote self-reliance and social justice.

For more information, please visit www.foodsecurityresearchcentre.ca/cura

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  • WG – Working GroupDHPP – Department of Health Promotion and ProtectionNSFSN- Nova Scotia Food Security Network NSNC- Nova Scotia Nutrition CouncilMSVU- Mount Saint Vincent University STFX – St. Francis Xavier University
  • NEED TO ADD PICTURES FROM DEC. 1st
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    • 1. This document provides an overview of Activating Change Together (ACT) for Community Food Security project, highlights of recent team gatherings, and some next steps.
      Prepared: Dec 2010 & revised May 2011
    • 2. Project Overview
      ACT for Community Food
      Security is a participatory
      research project that
      enhances community food
      security for all Nova Scotians.
      Rooted in lived experiences, real community needs
      and innovative solutions, it amplifies and broadens
      conversation, research, and action to strengthen
      capacity for policy change.
       
    • 3. Community Food Security
      Our vision of Community Food Security (CFS) in Nova Scotia includes access to enough affordable, healthy, and culturally appropriate food, produced in socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable ways that promote self-reliance and social justice.
       
    • 4. Participatory Action Research (PAR)
      This five-year community-university research alliance is committed to the principles of Participatory Action Research (PAR). PAR involves interconnected goals: mutual learning/education, action/change, and research.
      This approach incorporates
      many, diverse perspectives
      through an ongoing and iterative cycle of:
       
    • 5. Research Questions
      What are the components of, and factors contributing to, community food security in NS?
      How can we build capacity for policy change at multiple levels to improve community food security?
      What and how can a community-university research process contribute to the theory and practice of policy changes related to community food security?
       
    • 6. Exploring Community Food Security
      The project will use a diversity of tools to explore CFS, including community food security assessments, policy mapping and analysis, and exploring community perspectives through dialogues, interactive learning, and multi-media.
       
    • 7. Policy Change
      To build Community Food Security, we need to influence policy.
    • 8. Project Structure
      Community Food Security for all Nova Scotians
      Students & Researchers
      Community Groups & Community Members
      Advisory Committee:
      Regional, Canadian, and International reps
      Program Coordination
      Committee (PCC):
      Reps from: Founding orgs, WGs and Community Groups
      WG 1: Participatory Community Food Security Assessments
      Management Team:
      Co-Directors and Community partner reps
      DHW
      WG5: Evaluation and Participatory Methods
      WG2:
      Policy
      WG 4:
      Education and Training
      WG3: Knowledge Mobilization
      Government
      MSVU & STFX
      WG – Working Group
      Founding Partners:
      DHW – Department of Health & Wellness
      MSVU- Mount Saint Vincent University
      NSFSN- Nova Scotia Food Security Network
      NSNC- Nova Scotia Nutrition Council
      STFX – St. Francis Xavier University
      Other Universities
      NSFSN
      NSNC
    • 9. Timeline: 2010-2015
      Our research questions
      Our goals
      Some common benefits
      Potential Activities
      Potential Activities
      Road map
    • 10. August 2010 Gathering
      Team members gathered to start their journey together.
      The group formed new relationships, rekindled old ones, held meaningful conversations, and explored the project’s unique role in fulfilling a vision of food security in Nova Scotia.
      www.foodsecurityresearchcentre.ca/videos
    • 11. December 2010 Community Meeting
      Community members gathered in Halifax to explore the many ways that communities can be involved in this exciting work.
      Participatory discussions and activities were used to explore community involvement in policy change, CFS assessments, working groups, and more.
      www.foodsecurityresearchcentre.ca/videos
    • 12. Where Are We Now?
      In December 2010, we invited our community partners to express interest in hosting a Participatory Community Food Security Assessment. Four communities were selected for the initial food assessments.
    • 13. What is a Participatory Community Food Security Assessment?
      A collaborative process that builds a picture of food issues and resources in the community.
      Information collected may include:
      Who lives in the community
      Community food resources (e.g.,
      retail, food networks, food
      assistance programs)
      Accessibility of food resources
      Community food production
      (e.g., agriculture, fisheries,
      wild harvest, community gardens, etc.)
      Some information will be collected across all communities and some will be unique.
      Information will be used to create a “case study” to allow for many perspectives.
    • 14. A Collective Process
      Nine groups also expressed interest in sharing knowledge, policy change and advocacy, evaluation, and building capacity. Other groups continue to support the work in diverse ways.
      Two specific projects emerged from this process, including:
      • Capital Health – creating a hub within the region for community & knowledge mobilization; and
      • 15. South Shore Health - conducting local research to make known the voices of those accessing emergency food systems.
    • A Collective Process
      We are developing relationships to support potential future work to engage:
      people living with chronic illnesses (i.e., HIV / AIDS) and
      Mi’kmaq communities
      to help better understand CFS and food sovereignty issues in Nova Scotia.
    • 16. Knowledge Mobilization WG tests strategies & tools, and develops deliberative dialogue tools
      April, 2011
      Draft Video “What is community food security?”
      Evaluation WG collaboratively creates evaluation framework & evaluation plans with PCFSAs
      Midterm report to SSHRC
      Summer, 2011/Winter 2012
      Spring - Fall, 2011
      Develop interactive map and mechanism for communities to update map
      Summer, 2012
      PCC expands to include additional community representation
      Policy WG to work on Policy Landscape Paper
      Fall, 2011
      July, 2011
      Apr – July, 2011
      2011
      Year Two: What’s Coming Up?
      2012
      2011
      Year Two: What’s Coming Up?
      2012
      Grant writing to support communications & community coordination
      PCC in-person meeting (tentative)
      Develop and finalize external /internal communications plan
      Evaluation WG Implements evaluation framework
      With communities, finalize PCFSA indicators, tools, &methods, & complete PCFSA (training and data collection)
      Administration, Proposals, & Reporting
      July, 2011
      Education & Training WG map priorities. Create process for student involvement.
      Spring – Fall 2011
      Complete draft conceptual model of Community Food Security (CFS); research & co-develop draft CFS indicators, tools, & methods for PCFSAs.
      Fall, 2011/Winter 2012
      Meetings & Relationship Building
      Summer-Winter, 2011
      Communications & Dissemination
      Governance & Planning
      Spring / Summer, 2011
      Fall 2011 / Winter 2012
      Research Activities
      Summer, 2011
    • 17. Some Next Steps
      Developing a framework on CFS to inform the Participatory Community Food Security Assessments;
      Supporting host communities in their food assessment journeys (e.g., developing toolkits and resources, etc.);
      Creating an initial map of the CFS policy landscape in NS & drafting a document to help guide our policy analysis;
    • 18. Some Next Steps
      Testing and collaborating on unique ways to support knowledge mobilization for CFS;
      Assessing education and training interest, needs, and priorities to support community-capacity building; and
      Facilitating the participatory development of evaluation goals and plans for ACT for Community Food Security.
    • 19. Community
      AgraPoint
      Cape Breton's Family Place Resource Centre
      Chebucto Connections
      Cumberland County Food Security Partners
      Digby County Family Resource Centre
      Ecology Action Centre
      Family Matters Annapolis County Family Resource Centre
      Farmers' Markets of NS Cooperative
      Food Secure Canada
      Food Security Network of Newfoundland & Labrador
      Growing Food Security in Alberta
      Just Us! Development and Education Society
      Kids Action Program
      Kids First Family Resource Centre
      LEA Place Women's Resource Centre
      Maggie's Place Family Resource Centre
      Memory Lane Family Place
      NB Food Security Action Network
      NS Participatory Food Costing Project
      NS Association of Community Business Development Corporations
      NS Food Security Network
      NS Legal Aid
      NS Nutrition Council
      Parent's Place Family Resource Centre
      PEI Food Security Network
      Pictou County Food Security Coalition
      South Shore Family Resource Association
      Tri-County Local Food Network
       
      Government
      BC Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport
      Health Canada
      NS Advisory Commissions on AIDS
      NS Department of Agriculture
      NS Department of Health and Wellness
      NS District Health Authorities
      Public Health Agency of Canada
      Select Nova Scotia
      University & University Partnerships
      Acadia University
      Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre
      Carleton University
      City University London, Centre for Food Policy
      Community University Research for Recovery Alliance(Nfld)
      Dalhousie University
      Memorial University
      Mount Saint Vincent University
      National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health
      RyersonUniversity
      St. Francis Xavier University
      Université de Laval
      University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
      University of Toronto
    • 20. Activating Change Together for Community Food Security is Co-led by:
      • Dr. Patty Williams, Principal Investigator and Co-Director, Mount Saint Vincent University
      • 21. Christine Johnson, Co-Director, Nova Scotia Food Security Network
      For more information, please contact:
      Satya Ramen, Project Coordinator
      Participatory Action Research Training Centre on Food Security
      Mount Saint Vincent University
      2 Melody Drive, Halifax, NS, B3M 2J6
      Tel: 902-457-6513
      Fax: 902-457-6480
      Satya.ramen@msvu.ca
      www.foodsecurityresearchcentre.ca
      This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

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