Durham Food Report Card

Proj. #:4791
Description: The project’s purpose is to help the Durham Food Policy Council choose a suitable ‘report card’ model to assess and communicate food systems progress in all of Durham Region’s municipalities. A report card distills complex data into a more digestible format for use by residents and community organizations by using clear indicators, infographics, accessible language, and an easy-to-use rating system. A report card can show a snapshot of municipal action but can also provide comparisons and trends along regular time intervals and between the 8 local municipalities in Durham Region. Overall, it acts as a tool that can 1) help local residents and organizations to hold local policymakers accountable for policies that may affect the health of our food system, 2) provide reinforcement and/or guidance for local policymakers, and 3) identify where gaps in data exist. The selected report card would identify the best indicators, achievements, and other factors that illustrate positive food system change. It would help policy makers develop goals in these areas, and provide recognition for their efforts. It would serve as a strong communication tool for Durham residents, providing accessible overviews of progress in our food system and steps forward. By providing a means to assess progress towards a more sustainable and just food system, the project will help foster social, environmental and economic health through food systems.