Progress, Proposals and Significance

What have we been up to?

The Fall term is slipping away swiftly and Midterm exams are in full force. In the midst of it all the Project Proposal has been finally submitted. After many hours of deliberations, writing and re-writing it is finally complete; yet it is still a work in progress and subject to change as the project continues to unfold. After more literature review and group discussion, we decided to focus the survey on the 65+ demographic in Vancouver. This is an example of the many iterations that the proposal has endured before landing on a workable research plan. This iterative process has been uncertain and frustrating at times but rewarding as the pieces have fallen into place.

Why does it matter?

Prior LFS 350 sessions revealed the inequality and inequity within our food system. When viewing the food system through a food justice lens, it becomes apparent that there are groups in our community who’s access to food would be disproportionately affected, were a disaster to hit the city. This prompted our desire to focus on a food insecure community in Vancouver: namely, seniors. Integrating their voice into public perceptions research in Vancouver will give focused insight to the conversation around food system resilience.

What’s next?

There are numerous goals in the coming three weeks, including:

  • Reviewing resilience literature
  • Designing initial survey questions
  • Meeting with food system professionals for feedback on the project so far
  • Recruiting participants for our pilot survey

With so much to do, a project timeline was created to map out important due dates and goals. We have implemented the Asana online platform to break down big steps into smaller tasks that can be assigned to individual group members. This should help us stay organized and keep the project moving forward smoothly. We have begun to reach out into the community for volunteers to participate in the pilot. In the meantime, we are reviewing prior studies that have gathered public perception data on disaster risk. Analyzing this prior work will serve as an invaluable resource as we begin to design our own survey questions.


Past Weekly Accomplishments

September 10 – 16

  • Gain a basic understanding of the project
  • Reflect on individual strengths and weakness
  • Share contact information
  • Set up a Google drive folder for ease of collaboration on assignments
  • Facebook messenger was established as platform for team communication
  • Set up a group Gmail account for outgoing communication with community partners
  • Set up a Google drive folder for collaboration on assignments

September 17 – 23

  • Meet with community partner, Sarah Carten, from City of Vancouver
  • Complete blog post 1
  • Successful launch of first blog post!

September 24 – 30

  • Spend time brainstorming ideas for project proposal
  • Completed TCPS 2 certificate
  • Submitted first draft of project proposal

October 1 – 7

  • Proposal revision  
  • Presented first draft of proposal to peers
  • Literature review for proposal

October 8 – 14

  • Use our first Flexible Learning session to revise our project proposal and complete a deeper literature review to enhance the project proposal
  • Appreciate the challenges of creating a project proposal and embrace the many iterations before and after submission
  • Implemented Asana platform for task management and organization
  • Complete Blog post 2
  • Submitted Project Proposal revision

Click here to see our revised Project Proposal! 

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