OUR WORK (SAMPLE)
National Food/Agriculture & Arts/Culture Field Scan
DAISA was selected by ArtPlace America as a research partner to examine the role of arts & culture in the agriculture and food sectors nationally. Published in May 2019, the report explores how arts and cultural practices can be better leveraged to create equitable and place-based food systems change across the country - spanning rural, tribal, and urban settings. Report includes: key findings, stories of change & recommendations to advance the powerful work happening at this intersection.
Download the full field scan below, or visit the ArtPlace Agriculture & Food page to learn more.
DAISA produced this report for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CCGA). Scope of inquiry: explore key trends and areas of (non-policy focused) innovation currently addressing US hunger alleviation and obesity reduction; frame opportunities and risks; identify emergent patterns, success drivers and key players.
National Program Office
Since 2015 DAISA has served as the National Program Office for Kresge's Fresh, Local and Equitable (FreshLo) to support and accelerate local efforts that successfully use food as a platform for health, economic development, creative placemaking and cultural expression in low-income urban communities.
+ strategic guidance for the initiative
+ manages daily operations
+ supports strategic learning & communications +facilitates an annual convening & learning community
+ works with FreshLo partners to build capacity.
Read FreshLo Lessons on cultivating community, integrating food + creative placemaking, and building local democratic economies:
2020 Report - Learning for Action, Evaluation Team (click here or image below)
Healthy Food Fund - Learning & Evaluation Partner
In 2015, the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation launched the Healthy Food Fund - a three-year initiative aimed at examining the impact of small but strategic investments in local fresh food organizations on improving access to healthy food for low- and middle-income households in New England. DAISA, as the Learning & Evaluation partner, led efforts to ensure a dynamic exchange of ideas, techniques and actionable lessons learned.
See our work below for learnings & impacts of this fund!