Food Security & Program Evaluation – A Community-Based Research Project Announcement

How do you measure the success of community food programs? This is the central question of a research project being conducted by Vanessa Daether, a doctoral candidate at Royal Roads University, and Cowichan Green Community (CGC) and Nanaimo FoodShare (NFS), two food security organizations on Vancouver Island.

Motivated by their collective struggle to evaluate the impacts of their food-based programs on the level of food security experienced by program participants and/or their broader communities, CGC, NFS, and Vanessa have partnered on a community-based research project entitled Food Security Evaluation: Conceptualizing the Impacts of Local Food Initiatives on Central Vancouver Island.

Ultimately, their research project hopes to develop a food security-focused evaluation framework that will allow CGG and NFS to assess how their food-based programs do/do not impact food security. In doing so, they hope the evaluation framework can assist their organizations to improve program design and outcomes and to better communicate the role and impacts of their work.

As a component of this project, they have launched an anonymous, online survey which is open to stakeholders in the BC food system including staff, board members, or volunteers of food-based organizations, projects, educational activities, health programs, coalitions, businesses, and more. This brief survey is anticipated to take 5-minutes to complete and the questions will ask participants to reflect on their definition of “food security” and for their general thoughts on what it means to increase food security through food-based programs.

The results from this survey will help to define their evaluation framework, which will be made available to the public in the spring/summer of 2020.

To participate in this online survey, and/or to review the Letter of Information and Consent Form which contains further information about the study conduct, please click here.

If you have any questions about this invitation or project, please be in touch with the research team.


Vanessa Daether
Doctoral Candidate, Royal Roads University
250-715-8572 |

Judy Stafford
Executive Director, Cowichan Green Community
250-748-8506 |

Jen Cody
Executive Director, Nanaimo FoodShare
250-753-9393 |