This new short paper shares insights on what makes community food projects
successful and outlines lessons that can be drawn for others. It suggests how community groups can
demonstrate social impacts, in particular the connectedness
of the social networks that groups nurture and sustain.The research found that the Incredible Edible project has engaged
local communities in Yorkshire in a refreshing way, using growing to
encourage people to play a more active role in shaping their place. It is the
connectedness and commitment to taking action in a local community
which is valuable – but it is also the hardest thing to measure. The report recommends how community-led groups can overcome two common challenges by using network analysis to measure social impact.