Food Matters offers high quality, specialist consultation, evaluation, and facilitation services. We put people at the centre of all our services, ensuring all voices are heard.
We offer consultation services for food projects including:
- Building partnerships and stakeholder relationships
- Strategy design and delivery
- Programme design and delivery
- Feasibility studies
- Feasibility pilots
- Toolkit and resource design
Our approach puts people at the centre of the consultation process. Ensuring everyone that will be effected by the project is really heard and understood before, during and after the project’s design and delivery.
Food Matters offers experience and expertise in the facilitation of participatory workshops and strategic planning events.
What is participatory facilitation?
Our participatory approach is based on an acknowledgement that lasting and meaningful change is more likely when the people who will be affected by a change participate in deciding what the change should be. We make sure we really listen to, and understand, our stakeholders and participants and involve them in the design of the workshops they will be attending.
Our facilitation offer includes:
- Strategic planning events
- Consultation Services (see above)
- Team building events
- Community engagement
Food Matters uses a participatory approach to evaluation. That means we focus less on numbers of social media likes, or the number of participants at an event and more about impact on the individual or the community.
Participatory evaluation uses visually engaging, interactive individual and group activities and tools that help participants feel less inhibited about sharing their experiences and expressing their feelings. We co-produce the evaluation framework with participants to ensure that we are evaluating what’s important to them and that the process is accessible and appropriate.
We use a mix of different methods incorporating quantitative and qualitative appraisal of evidence. This includes:
- data analysis
- historical comparison / back casting
- documentary research
- interviews with key stakeholders
- questionnaire surveys
- facilitated participatory workshops.
We work with a wide variety of organisations and businesses, local authorities, food groups and partnerships, school children, young adults, and members of the public – and the specific approach we adopt is determined by the needs of the group.
Examples of previous and existing work
Assessing the feasilibty of a free voucher scheme which helps people on a low income purchase fruit and veg.
Learning about children's relationship with Universal Infant Free School Meals.
Breakfast Club Review
Evaluating the impact and suitability of breakfast clubs in addressing the health and wellbeing of school children.
School Food Matters Evaluation
Evaluating the school food improvement campaign led by School Food Matters.
Healthy Start Evaluation
Evaluating the national Healthy Start Programme.
Take Away Toolkit
A toolkit outlining the regulatory powers Local Authorities have in addressing the increase of unhealthy takeaway outlets.
Get In Touch
Reach out to the Food Matters team to find out more about what we do, get involved or to collaborate with us on a future project.
Get In Touch
Get in touch with the Food Matters team to find out more about what we do or get involved. We also want to hear from you if you would like to collaborate with us on a future project.