From 2006-2010, GFSA facilitated a process called Community Building for Food Security, to help 12 rural communities understand and talk about the social and economic determinants of health and help them to develop and follow through on action plans to address the issues. The official project name is “Sowing the Seeds from the Provincial Food Security Network – Community Asset Mapping, Capacity Building, and Action Planning for Food Security”. The 12 participating communities are High Level, Grande Prairie, Cold Lake, Lloydminster, Lacombe, Sylvan Lake, the Blood First Nation, Brooks, Medicine Hat, Fort Vermilion, Vegreville and Red Deer. 

GFSA assisted these rural Alberta communities to build capacity by facilitating a participatory community-conversation process to help community citizens: 

  • have a mutual understanding of what food security is,
  • address the underlying root causes and the relationship to good health,
  • find local solutions through the identification of resources, local alliances and partnership to enhance any existing food security initiatives and encourage new initiatives, and
  • develop plans of action specific to their community. 

Three evaluation logic models and the yearly evaluations indicate the success GFSA has reached over the past three years.
Click to download "Evaluation Graphic Logic Models" for GFSA.

Evaluation Reports 2006/2007:
Sowing the Seeds from the Provincial Food Security Network - Community Asset Mapping, Capacity Building and Actions for Food Security - Evaluation Report - May 2007

2. Network Report - April 2007

3. Short Network Survey Report - April 2007

Evaluation Report 2007/2008:
1. Sowing the Seeds and Nurturing the Growth: Strengthening Capacity for Sustained Action on Food Security Across Alberta - June 2008

Evaluation Report 2008/2009:
1. Sustaining the Growth: Action on Food Security Across Alberta -
Evaluation Report 2008/2009 and Executive Summary

Evaluation Report 2009/2010:
1. Harvesting the Learning: Community Reflections on Strengthening Food Security and Food Sovereignty -
Full Report and Executive Summary

Digital Storytelling
In 2008-2009, GFSA also piloted a very successful new approach to evaluation called
Digital Storytelling.