Project Proposal + Progress

Weekly Objectives and Achievements

Objectives

  • Delegate tasks to group members in order to ensure an equitable distribution of work
  • Research free and subsidized grocery stores that may be added to the map tool
  • Update information currently populated in the map tool to ensure completeness and accuracy of information by contacting different food asset locations
  • Arrange map trialling session with community members to obtain feedback on the usability and the effectiveness of the map

Achievements

  • Clarified our group’s role in the Vancouver Food Asset Map through the orientation session at Pacific Spirit Community health centre, led by Kathy Romses and Teya Stevens
  • Drafted, revised, and finalized project proposal
  • Established contact with community partner for map trialling (Bridge Clinic) on March 6, 2017
  • Updated VFAM map tool Excel Spreadsheet with current contact information for a number of assets as found online
  • Reached out to new assets that may be added to the map tool
  • Met deadlines for all assignments, including blog posts, project proposal, and TCPS certification

Reflection on a Moment of Significance that has Occurred in the Course so Far.

  • What?
    • While we initially set up a communication system, it was not utilized effectively, and we did not communicate our progress of the project well with the team. This may have occurred due to the number of days missed for lectures which resulted in the feeling of disconnect with the project. It was easy to forget about the course, and being part of a large group with little direction seems to result in individuals feeling less responsibility for contributing to the project. While our facebook group is still active in delegating tasks and setting up meetings with community partners, we did not utilize the platform to update each other on the progress of our project. While we do have a google document, VFAM Progress/Updates, for progress and updates but that is underused as well.
  • So What?
    • Our main problem is a result of two issues: the lack of communication about the progress and neglect of the project’s progress. The lack of communication resulted in members not being aware of what other members were doing for the project. The neglect of the project’s progress over past couple of weeks resulted in delay in the project’s advancement. However, we could have utilized the unfavourable situation of missing couple of weeks of LFS 350 as a reason to reinforce our communication skills and turn the situation into an “unexpected advantage”. The process might have been more difficult in trying to arrange a system of communication but we may have ended up more focused “to cope with a little mess” and create a more effect way of communicating virtually (Tim Harford, 2016).
  • Now What?
    • As a group we will continue forward with weekly planning sessions. We will all quickly gather and share what we have done and what we are planning to do over the week until the next meeting. While this can be done in tutorial, we should also think about days that we might miss tutorials like the last couple of weeks due to holidays. This can be by creating a progress chat group on facebook.

Upcoming Objectives

  • Conduct map trialing with community members at Bridge Clinic on March 6, 2017
  • Data collected during map trialing session will be compiled and shared with Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Group members will continue to review and update the map tool to ensure accuracy of information
  • Group members will continue to seek out and contact additional free and subsidized grocery sources to be added to the map

References

Rolfe, G., Freshwater, D., Jasper, M. (2001) Critical reflection in nursing and the helping professions: a user’s guide. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Harford, T. (2016). How messy problems can inspire creativity [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd_j_kw_jZQ.

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