The ultimate goal of the Ocean View Growing Grounds is to contribute to the building of a knowledgeable, healthy, connected community that has a thriving core economy and is connected to the wider food justice movement. Our Theory of Change is designed to identify the ultimate outcomes the project is designed to achieve, the conditions that need to exist in order for those outcomes to be achieved and the interventions that are designed to bring about the conditions.
The Theory presented here identifies four outcomes:
Each of these outcomes has a set of conditions that must exist for them to be achieved. For the community to be healthy and connected the people in the community must be healthy. For there to be a thriving core economy there must be some form of community service exchange. The existence of a Learning/Action Center is a necessary condition for both extracting and sharing the knowledge generated by the project and connecting people in the community to the Global Food Justice Movement.
Each of the conditions identified as necessary to achieve the ultimate outcome also have a set of conditions that must exist. People being healthy requires them to have access to healthy, locally grown food – which requires food to be grown and distributed locally – which requires the community to have thriving network of community gardens. Having a community service exchange requires the residents to have a strong sense of community that can only occur if there are gathering places and green spaces. A thriving community garden provides community/green space that engenders healthy place-making and the ability of residents to form a strong sense of community. The Learning/Action Center requires there to be a system for sharing the knowledge gained which requires there to be some system for monitoring the project such that lessons can be extracted. As lessons are extracted they are fed back into the process in order to inform future actions.
The boxes with the white-on-black printing indicate steps that have been completed. The interventions planned for Phase II of the Project are to develop the Neighborhood Food Network (#1) and continue to develop the Learning/Action Center (#2).