The FIC team believes in the power of collaboration and resource sharing. This page contains many of the resources that have helped us in our work in Policy Systems and Environment change, as well as some of the resources that we have created with our core team and with our partners.
We will also use this space to highlight important policy work.
Community Engagement Framework
If you are interested in embarking on the journey of community engagement, FIC created a toolkit to help organizations get started. This folder contains tools, templates, and guides for all of the strategies mentioned in the spectrum of community engagement. FIC uses Facilitating Power's Spectrum of Community Engagement to Ownership tool when we refer to community engagement. This tool embodies our values and breaks down the process of Community Engagement in a way that is easy to understand.
The FIC team created a Policy Systems and Environmental (PSE) Change Continuum. This is a framework that can be used:
- As a guide for collaborating partners/coalition members and our own team to plan and coordinate collaborative and equitable PSE change work.
- As a tool for tracking activities, creating a comprehensive and nuanced “big picture,” that can be used to document and understand the impact of collaborative and equitable advocacy and PSE change work.
The FIC team is working on an anti-racist evaluation framework to help evaluate our work. Contact us for more details.
Food in Communities works closely with the local food policy council to inform them on what is currently happening in the communities we work in. We also work to address local and administrative policy within our public health departments. This section will showcase the policies that we have helped inform, revise, change or create.
Describes an inclusive process for informing, designing, implementing, and evaluating food access policy changes that center the community with lived experience. This requires an intentional commitment to address power imbalances and overcome historical and ongoing barriers to inclusion.
Addressing the root causes of social problems, which are often intractable and embedded in networks of cause and effect. It is an intentional process designed to fundamentally alter the components and structures that cause the system to behave in a certain way.
Expertise that doesn’t come from training or formal education, it is knowledge from an experience in a person’s past or present with an issue or challenge.
The process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress. Such as, family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. In recent time, stressors have been defined in terms of racism, sexism, classism, transphobia and other systems of oppression
Equity is a state in which all people in a given society share equal rights, access, opportunities, and outcomes that are not predicted or influenced by their identity characteristics, including race, gender, and class. Equity is achieved by providing targeted investments to support people in different circumstances in benefiting equally from opportunities.
The belief that individuals, regardless of their racial characteristics, are morally, politically, and legally equal and should be treated as such.