F4R is a data-driven participatory process designed to drive discourse and increase education about local and regional Food, Energy, and Water (FEW) systems and supply chains.
The FEWSION for Community Resilience (F4R) process applies a Public Participation in Scientific Research (PPSR) framework to map supply chain data for a community’s FEW nexus, to identify the social network that manages the nexus, and then to generate a data-informed conversation among stakeholders. F4R was piloted and co-developed with participants over a two-year study, using a design-based research process to make evidence-based adjustments as needed. Results show that the F4R model was successful at improving volunteers’ awareness about nexus and supply chain issues, at creating a network of connections and communication with stakeholders across state, regional, and local organizations, and in facilitating data-informed discussion about improvements to the system.
F4R includes a suite of interrelated interventions that addressed training for volunteer citizens to collect and validate data on local FEW systems, use data analysis and visualization tools to identify local FEW vulnerabilities and resilience, and generate community-based conversations that would influence city-level policy.
In order to engage in F4R a community must have a facilitator trained who will collaborate with small groups of volunteers over a 4-6 month period of implementation.
Each cohort of participants has the opportunity to complete the following activities:
• 40 hours of training and learning
• Open source data collection and entry
• Face to face work sessions and interviews with community stakeholders
• Contribution to Stewardship Action Plans and Community Reports
Participants can be citizen scientists, students, interns, staff members, community leaders and/or FEW providers.
All F4R local facilitators must complete a training prior to engaging in F4R. This training includes an overview of curriculum content, software, tools, data collection and community engagement methods and requirements.