Evaluating value chain facilitators
RAFFL and Fair Food are working together to identify metrics for evaluating the effectiveness of nonprofit “value chain facilitiators”. We have selected an evaluator to work with us on this project. In order to establish meaningful metrics and tracking tools, we met together to discuss the goals of our organizations and to identify the roles we each play in connecting actors along various supply chains. We identified the value of that role and the many ways it create new sales and other connections between farms and the communities we serve. We discussed meaningful ways of creating feedback loops that would allow us to track information about our impact while also reinforcing the connections we are creating.
RAFFL and Fair Food staff met again to discuss various tools and methods for tracking information.
Each organization is now creating systems for tracking information over a period of time.
Feb 2015: review decisions and assign roles
March 2015: RAFFL and Fair Food review measurement systems and any data collected. Contact evaluator for input
May 2015: work with evaluator to determine how well systems are working
June 2015 – Nov 2015: adjust and continue to collect data
Jan 2016: review results, evaluate findings, and compile a summary report on findings
March 2016: present findings to networks and determine next steps
April 2016: final report to NESARE
Activities to date
March 2014: Award announced, phone meeting RAFFL and Fair Food
April – May 2014: Contract paperwork completed, phone meeting RAFFL and Fair Food
June 17, 2014: In-person mtg RAFFL and Fair Food (at UVM while Fair Food staff was in town) to discuss consultants
June 27, 2014: Contract with YellowWood Associates signed
July 22, 2014: In-person mtg with RAFFL, Fair Food and Yellow Wood (at UVM) to talk about the two organizations, our approaches, what we want to measure, and launch the initiative
Sept 15, 2014: In-person mtg with RAFFL and Fair Food (in Philadelphia) to discuss progress, compare challenges and evaluate tracking systems
Oct 17, 2014: Check-in phone call with RAFFL and Fair Food
Due to staffing changes and other factors the timeline for this project was delayed.