SFC Partnership Health Check Tool

Change towards sustainable local food systems depends on the development of robust, representative and effective food partnerships.

It is important that these partnerships, from time to time, are able to review their progress: check how they are doing and consider what’s going well and where work may be needed. This is the purpose of the SFC Partnership Health Check tool.

The Health Check is a diagnostic tool designed to be used by SFC food partnerships to review their structure and the way they work. It uses 6 themes and an easy to understand dial graphic as the basis for discussion to help you gain a clear picture of your partnership’s strengths and weaknesses and where to focus efforts and resources.

Download the SFC Partnership Health Check tool

The tool is placed firmly in your hands allowing you and your partnership to check up on yourself rather than be checked up on. Therefore, it is largely up to you how you use the Health Check.

  • The tool could be used by an individual – such as the partnership chair or co-ordinator – for them to gain a quick snap-shot of how things are.
  • The chair and co-ordinator could work together to complete the Health Check and in doing so share their perspectives on the state of the partnership.
  • Collaborative and participatory sessions bringing together the partnership steering group or management team could allow for even greater sharing of opinions and discussion, or
  • SFC can arrange to facilitate participatory Health Check workshops for partnerships

The completed Health Check also helps the Sustainable Food Cities Network understand each member's progress and support needs and so partnerships are encouraged (this is not obligatory) to share their completed checks with the SFC Operations Team by sending them to info@sustainablefoodcities.org This can be useful, for instance, in tailoring support to meet specific needs.


Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities

Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme run by

Soil Association

Food Matters

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk 

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