The work between Ag Innovations and the Second Harvest Food Bank is supporting the initial stages of building a competency development program for Second Harvest partner agencies, with the end goal of distributing 32% more food by 2016.
Ag Innovations conducted interviews with select food bank partner agencies and all of the members of the Food Assistance Team. From those interviews, we developed a report highlighting the themes that most often emerged across the interviews. With that data, we developed a visioning session that enabled us to get a better understanding of the challenges organizations face when considering the distribution of more food, and the possible paths forward. The visioning session led to the development of a program design map that can be used to guide a capacity development program for partner agencies. The program design map includes:
- Opportunities for peer learning;
- Specific skill-building trainings; and
- One-on-one organizational development coaching with a subset of organizations.
“Because Ag Innovations is so adept at their work, trust is high among partners as is the willingness to take on complex issues.”