Proposal Report


  • 10% of Final Mark
  • There is a 1000 word limit for the proposal report, not including budget or references.
  • The proposal is a public document to be viewed by your community partner(s) and available for following years' community of learners through the course website. Be tactful and respectful with your language in all parts of your report. Ensure your writing is clear and accessible to a wide audience.
  • You are encouraged to include images in the report (make sure they are of good quality, i.e. > 1MB)
  • Use APA style for in-text citations and reference section

Overall objectives of the proposal report

  • To provide a means for the teaching team and your community partner to provide feedback on the design of your project
  • To begin the process of creating your final report and receive feedback on the initial components (you can re-use sections in your proposal in your final report).

Learning Objectives

1. Critically analyze connections between food, health, and the environment within food security discourse.

  • Evaluate the contributions of different food-related academic disciplines to addressing food security issues
  • Integrate disciplinary and systems approaches to understanding food security issues

2. Propose, implement and evaluate a community-based food systems project with an interdisciplinary team.

  • Articulate community values and objectives within broader food system theories
  • Apply the principles of Asset-Based Community Development and Food Justice to address a community food security issue
  • Propose a course of action to address a community food security issue

3. Interact professionally with project team members and community stakeholders

  • Develop and disseminate knowledge that is useful to key stakeholders through oral and written communication



  • State the goal of the project. For example, the goal of the proposed study is to develop a nutritional assessment of the 5th Ave Community Garden garden plan.
  • Describe the background of your project with respect to your community partner or setting.


  • Situate your project within the broader academic literature by conducting a brief literature review.
  • Make a clear case for the proposed study, highlighting the central concepts, theories, an approaches that guide your work
  • Identify gaps in knowledge that your proposed project seeks to address.


  • Objectives - returning to the goal of the project, elaborate with specific objectives. It is important that each objective contributes and supports achieving the project goal and they follow a logical order.
  • Use action verbs to state objectives, such as create, develop, collect, determine etc.



  • Goal: Improve livelihood of population of 5 neighbourhoods in Vancouver using local resource based approach.
  • Objective 1. To promote local community based institutions by formation of 5 Primary Collectors Group to empower the communities, in Vancouver by the end of first quarter.
  • Objective 2. To build capacities of 50 families through 10 training sessions on collection, grading and primary processing of identified products in the first year.
  • Objective 3. To enhance income of the trained population by 30% through establishment of sustainable market linkages for the sale of the NTFP collected, by the end of second year.


  • Outline your plan for achieving your objectives
  • Data collection approach and procedures - how will you collect data, when, with whom, which inquiry question will this help you answer?
  • Analysis and interpretation - how will you make sense of the data that you have collected?
  • Ethical considerations


  • Identify the final products(s) to be produced for the community partner (e.g. infographic and report, cookbook template, final presentation, media article)
  • Specify when the final product(s) is to be delivered

Budget (if applicable)

  • Estimated costs of resources you will need to carry-out the project?
  • Justification for each cost, one or two sentences max