- 15% of Final Mark
- There is a 2000 word limit for the final paper, not including title page, tables, figures, critical reflections, appendices or references.
- The final report is a public document to be returned to your community partner(s) and available for future year's community of learners. 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 title, in-text citations and reference section.
1. Critically analyze connections between food, health, and the environment within a community 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 and implement a course of action to address a community food security issue
- Evaluate project outcomes to demonstrate effectiveness of collective actions
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
- Reflect on and assess personal experiences gained through participating in a collaborative community-based project.
- Remember, you have already composed much of this report in previous assignments (e.g., Growing Organizational Awareness, Information Literacy + Analytical Review, and Proposal) and the content is the same as your infographic and presentation. Integrate feedback you have been receiving throughout the term to make your final report as strong as possible.
By the end of the introduction, the reader should know exactly what your group is trying to achieve in this report.
- What is the goal of your project?
- What challenge or issue does your project aim to address? Be specific. Use an asset-based perspective to describe the issue.
- Describe your community partner organization’s purpose and long-term outcomes, and in general terms, what it is that they do.
- Briefly describe the target population, or the main groups that the organization serves (e.g. families with pre-school children, low-income households in the area, youths ages 12-18).
- Which key course concepts best relate to your project, and why (e.g., community food security, food justice, food insecurity)?
- Describe and frame your project within scholarly literature that best relates to your project. What do we already know about the issue you are investigating? How have others approached the issue or a project similar to yours? How does your project extend our knowledge about the issue?
- Project Outcomes(s) - what was your project short-term outcome?
- Data Sources and Collection Methods - Describe the activities your group conducted to achieve your short-term outcome(s)
- How was evidence of achieving your outcome(s) collected, where did it come from, when, and by whom?
- Describe how your group analyzed your data
- Describe any ethical considerations relevant to your project
- Results should flow from your project outcomes(s) and subsequent methods.
- Consider your Indicators - List measurable items that indicate how each outcome was achieved (e.g., % of seniors who report accessing more community services)
- Use graphs, tables and diagrams to organize and display results (they do not contribute to word count)
- Raw data can be included in the appendix, if relevant (must be referred to in the body of the report).
Use course readings and related peer-reviewed articles from your introduction to discuss your results, highlighting the significance of your findings within the broader context of food system issues discussed throughout this course.
- Discuss the meaning and interpretation of your findings.
- What connections can be made amidst the results?
- How do your results relate to the project intermediate and long-term outcomes?
- In light of your results, are there limitations of your methods? What would you do differently to modify or improve your design?
- Briefly, what has your project shown?
- How has it added to what is known about the topic?
- Are there any unanswered questions?
- Where should we go from here?
- Remember - no new information, terms or concepts should be presented in the conclusion.
- Complete one statement from each member (indicate by using student names), and each statement should be roughly 250 words in length (does not contribute to overall word count).
* One of the objectives of LFS 350 is to allow students to explore the concept of Food Justice and engage in community-based projects. Thinking back to the beginning of the course, has your understanding of issues of food justice changed? If yes, how and why? If not, why not?