Food Education for Refugees: improving their actions and convincing partners thanks to social impact assessment | Impact track


Refugee Food Education: improving your actions and convincing partners through social impact assessment – Photo credit: Refugee Food Association Created in 2016, Refugee Food promotes the socio-professional integration of refugees in the catering sector. To change the way we see refugees, to work for fair, sustainable and diversified food, we are developing six actions, the last of which is Education for the food of refugees. It’s a whole day deployed in universities to change the way students look at refugees thanks to the universal power of cooking. Middle school students reflect on migration and the fight against stereotypes as well as the food transition through different activities: testimonies, culinary workshops, documentary screenings, virtual reality workshop… The Food Education action for als Refugiats is one of the projects supported by the Paris Initiative. Enterprise Collaboration (PIE) X Impact Track. Beyond the opportunity, why did you decide to undertake an impact measurement process? In 2019, we had the support of a consulting company to start an impact assessment process on the Refugee Food Festival. And since then there has always been this desire internally to repeat the exercise in another project. Measuring social impact constitutes real critical feedback, and when we work with associations, when we put systems in place, when we support beneficiaries and when we raise public awareness, we owe it to them to have a voice. Your comments allow us to improve our actions and thus better understand the next editions. We also needed to document our work in order to have material to use with our financial and associational partners. Therefore, the impact measure for refugee food education helps to feed and support our project. But doing it alone was unimaginable, so when we got the PIE proposal, we jumped at the chance! How did you organize impact measurement around refugee food education? You should know that a social impact assessment process lasts on average between six months and a year. But with a start in October for an impact assessment in December, we had to move (very) quickly. That’s why I decided to go solo with Impact Track, who I thank for their efficiency in being able to meet the deadlines. At the operational level, and to illustrate the change in perspective, two data collections have been carried out. One before the day and the other at the end. I then went twice to each of the classes of the 281 high school students interviewed to explain our approach and distribute the paper questionnaires. Thus, students were able to add written comments about their experience and feelings after the program. Director of the festival and development, you also lead the social impact assessment. How do these two roles fit together? In my opinion, these two roles go together. Even when we work on the writing of the questionnaires, the theory of change and the selection of indicators, it is a moment of reflection for the benefit of the project as we question it. I think we can’t imagine thinking about project development without thinking about its impact. Therefore, I would say that it is not an extra job, but rather complementary. The results are very encouraging! First from the point of view of the university students and then also for us, since they come to confirm our social mission: The social impact assessment is the mirror of our actions on the ground. Real critical compliments from university students, they told us, for example, that they hadn’t been able to participate in all the activities. Therefore, we are thinking about how to improve and grow the project. Carried away by time and forced to measure the impact alone, I am convinced that by mobilizing other people in the team we think in a more constructive way. This allows everyone involved to take ownership of the process and make it a common project. We will also be three employees involved in the next impact measure at the Refugee Food Festival. In short, what has impact measurement brought to you? Financial partners are essential to our sustainability and demonstrating the impact of projects has become almost mandatory today. Impact measurement supports systems by providing real insight through quantitative and qualitative data and valuable textual statements. We have presented this project several times during the Fondation la France s’engage competition, which supports social innovation projects, and this is the first time we have become a finalist and it is largely thanks to the impact of our page: a readable and understandable medium. that goes to the essentials. We believe that you are very involved in the partnership, of course, but also in issues related to impact assessment. So we imagine you have a lot of challenges to share? If the first impact measure focuses on the integration of refugees and a change of perspective, for the next edition of Food Education for Refugees, in December 2022, we want to invest more in our second challenge : the alimentary transition. As you may have understood, we found the social impact assessment of Food Education for Refugees very enriching, so we decided to do one for the Refugee Food Festival with Impact Track. And more generally, I realize that the topic of perspective change is very popular, but still difficult to measure. Supporter of collaborative work, and having already exchanged on this subject with Weavers, Causons, Kabubu, Du Pain et des Roses and SOS Méditerranée, the creation of collective workshops in relation to Impact Track and associations that have common issues, indicators and beneficiaries could allow the subject. to move forward Fanny, you who are convinced by the Impact Track tool, what would you like to share with those who don’t know it yet? Embarking on an impact assessment process requires investment, but with Impact Track it’s easier than expected. Thanks to the effectiveness of their team’s support and professionalism, we managed to complete the process in just three months. This makes me think especially about the mobilization during the workshops that allow us not to rework afterwards outside the dedicated times. And then it must be said that the cost of support for Impact Track responds to a real financial reality of the associative world that consultants do not have. Refugee Food Festival An annual gastronomic festival organized by volunteers, it takes place simultaneously in several cities in France and Europe with the aim of promoting the reception and integration of refugees through the prism of cuisine. Find the Refugee Food Festival 2022 from June 7 to 26 in 11 cities in France and Switzerland. For further information >>> click here. For more:
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