Since 2015 we have been developing an impact toolkit to help us to begin to measure the impact of the enterprises that we work with.

This work has been led by Coventry University’s Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) and was developed in a participatory process with seven enterprises, many of them recipients of funding through the Just Growth programme.

The first set of data using the toolkit was collected in 2017 thanks to support from Power to Change. Power to Change are now supporting the ongoing development of the Toolkit.

A summary of this work can be found here .

The data collected indicates that there is strong evidence that the pilot enterprises are delivering on outcomes related to:

  • Improved skills in food growing
  • Community engagement and development
  • Governance, transparency and participation

There is also some evidence to suggest that projects are delivering outcomes connected to:

  • Improved health, well-being and social capital
  • Improved consumption of local food
  • Generating sustainable livelihoods and access to land

The Social Impact Toolkit is now available online and is being used by other community food organisations that RFT are working with.

Watch this space for updates.