i-Three Issue Corps 2016 – Community and Regional Food Systems Toolkit

Erin Peot

Rural Development Outreach Specialist University of Wisconsin-Extension
University of Wisconsin, Center for Community and Economic Development

Carrie Edgar

Dept Head & Community Food Systems Educator
University of Wisconsin, Cooperative Extension


Erin said:

What is the change you are designing to achieve?

To increase the impact of community food systems work by developing a toolkit that helps Extension educators and other community based practitioners develop a systems approach to conceptualizing the change at the core of their food systems projects.

We’ll know we’ve been successful when:

Case studies
Development of content
Google analytics
Testimonials (text and video)

What is the innovative component or strategy you will implement as a result of the design-a-thon?

Built you on WM value fields – asset and values-based/systems based
We want to make the website more interactive
Systems thinking

How did the design-a-thon help you?

Carrie: Provided the time and resources to be creative.

Erin: I will try to step back and spend more time designing projects rather than jumping into the implementation phase


Food systems are more than the sum of their parts, but many planning and evaluation resources do not currently reflect this. The UW-Extension Community Food System is the curator of a values-based community food systems toolkit developed by the University of Wisconsin through a USDA-AFRI grant. We propose enhancing the utility and expanding the reach of the toolkit through the following activities: 1) developing capacity-building workshops to implement individual tools 2) adding content to less robust value fields 3) adding resources to promote systems thinking and holistic evaluation, and 4) conducting user experience testing to improve the platform.

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