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

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