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FEWSION for Community Resilience Network™ (F4R™)

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Join the F4R Network, Build Community Resilience

What It Is: FEWSION for Community Resilience is a Citizen-Led Community Innovation for Food Energy Water Nexus Resilience*, a process that is designed to improve community resilience, broaden impacts, and expand capacity for evaluating and managing critical supply chains, especially critical and lifeline supply chains, linked to Food, Energy, and Water (FEW) systems.

Who F4R is for: Practitioners, faculty, students, providers (public, private, and non-profit), and citizens interested in planning and community engagement activities that inform emergency management, sustainability, community planning, and resilience.

*Article published in Frontiers in Environmental Science, posted September 23, 2020.

F4R™ provides the tools needed to visualize data and improve community connections

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Facilitator Training

Supply Chain Data Collection and Visualization Support

Process Implementation Support

Facilitation of Participant Support

Community Report Review, Expert Feedback, and Formatting

GIS Mapping and Analysis

Advanced Supply Chain Metrics Analysis

Community Input Survey and Report

Site Visits with Customized Facilitation and Technical Assistance

Full F4R Implementation in Your Community

F4R Community Reports, Ability to Update and Access Data, and Improved Community Capacity to Analyze and Manage Local FEW. 

Reports include:

  • Mesoscale FEW Commodities Report
  • Preliminary Analysis of FEW Supply Chains
  • Last Mile FEW providers database and report
  • Vulnerability and Resilience Analysis
  • Stewardship Action Plans

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Prospective Facilitator

Faculty, staff, or community leaders who would like to implement F4R

Participants

Students, Volunteers, Interns, or Staff who would like to participate in F4R in their community

Administrators / Partners

Decisionmakers, administrators, policymakers, and community leaders who would like to have someone implement F4R in their community, or would like to add F4R reports as part of an existing community plan/initiative

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F4R is designed to be an iterative process that can be completed once for baseline data or multiple times for improved and more extensive data sets. Each iteration is recommended to take 4-6 months.

Practitioners and researchers who wish to implement F4R must complete a training. This training includes an overview and training with curriculum content, software, tools, the F4R data collection model, and community engagement methods.

F4R scaffolds and integrates three main types of activities: Learning, Science, and Action.

Model for F4R - Learning, Science, Action

F4R improves citizen and staff capacity for the management of resources by implementing a Learning and community engagement process that is designed to improve literacy about local and regional FEW systems and increase and strengthen connections between private, public, and non-profit stakeholders. F4R Research fills an important gap by collecting and visualizing last mile and mesoscale data that can help to inform policy and planning decisions. F4R empowers citizens and community leaders to identify meaningful and relevant Actions informed by data-driven discussions.

Each cohort of participants has the opportunity to complete the following activities:

  • 40 hours of training and learning
  •  Open-source data collection and entry
  • Face-to-face work sessions, field experiences, and interviews with community stakeholders
  • Contribution to Stewardship Action Plans and Community Reports

Participants can be citizen scientists, students, interns, staff members, community leaders and/or FEW providers. Participants are recognized as experts of their own community and are expected to bring ideas, connections, and data to the table. Participants will explore and research personal, community, and national FEW systems, contribute to a database of local FEW providers, and identify meaningful actions and opportunities for improving resilience in their community.

Supply chains, especially critical and lifeline supply chains of communities which have large footprints and are essential components of all communities, play an important role in emergency management, community planning, sustainability, and resilience. Individual communities and localized citizen efforts have the potential to improve the understanding and management of the complex interactions between the human and natural systems of the FEW nexus. However, there are gaps in FEW data and local capacity, both technical and political, that may prevent many communities from engaging in evidence-based discussion and effective management of the complex interactions of these resources. Over a three-year period, we engaged in a collaborative model of Public Participation in Science Research (PPSR) working with citizen volunteers and FEW providers to develop and test a protocol and tools in a pilot community in the Southwest United States. We have developed a curriculum, data model, and process to initiate and support community resilience efforts in communities across the U.S.

Data Collection and Analysis

Stage 1 includes open source collection of data that includes facility names, locations, contact information, and identification of organizations and individuals linked to FEW supply chains as providers, regulators, program leaders, and policymakers. Stage 1 concludes with a preliminary analysis of supply chain data comparing publicly available data for mesoscale and last mile supply chains.

Stage 2 focuses on stakeholder engagement and identification of focus areas of last mile data collection. F4R cohort members work to conduct interviews with the individuals and organizations identified in Stage 1. These interviews focus on confirming and improving the data collected in Stage 1 as well as creating a near-real time database of FEW provider emergency response operational capabilities.

Stage 3 focuses on data analysis and community dissemination. This includes identification of gaps in data collection, identification of gaps, vulnerabilities, and strengths in community supply chains, and identification of potential actions and next steps needed for improving resilience.

The F4R Network™ seeks to identify which companies, nonprofits, utilities, and public agencies that are providers and stakeholders in our community’s food, energy, and water systems. We are also trying to identify the major infrastructures, sources, suppliers, routes, transit modes, and distribution systems for these resources including the “last mile” where wholesale suppliers distribute resources to retail customers. This specific information provides opportunities for key stakeholders to be included in conversations about positive change.

The F4R Network™ does not solicit sensitive information or trade secrets from (a) companies, (b) private and personally identifiable information (PII) about private individuals other than those who are participating in the F4R Network™ as participants, stakeholders, or public figures, or (c) protected critical infrastructure information (PCII). Participants agree to make a reasonable effort to avoid collecting or disclosing this type of data to the F4R Network™. The data we collect in an F4R Network™ cohort is NOT CONFIDENTIAL and no promise of confidentiality or non-disclosure is offered by the F4R Network™. Data that is disclosed to the F4R Network™ becomes the property of the F4R Network™ and its institutional host Northern Arizona University (NAU). Participants and Stakeholders grant the F4R Network™ and NAU any and all rights to use, sell, or distribute any data that is disclosed to the F4R Network™.