Publication name: Evaluation of the Impact of the Scottish Grocers
Date: 20 January 2014
Description: This research examines the impact of the Scottish Grocers Federation Healthy Living Programme’s (HLP) training and resources on community retailers selling fruit and vegetables in low income areas. The evaluation was undertaken with community retailers that had attended a HLP training session. The evaluation methods included an on-line survey and production of case studies.

The evaluation identifies that the HLP training and resources was of benefit to community retailers, and impacted on awareness, knowledge and practice, especially for volunteers. While some barriers to dissemination of the training were highlighted, a high level of dissemination of the training within community retailers was taking place.

The evaluation also identifies that the HLP resources, which include display stands and a training brochure and disc, may also be of benefit, but highlights limitations to the use of the display stands in particular.

The evaluation includes recommendations about how else the HLP could support community retailers. These include additional resources further training opportunities and the establishment of an online community of practice for community retailers that have participated in the HLP training.
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