Center for Whole Communities’ Whole Measures framework is a flexible framework for planning and evaluating that can be adapted to your community’s goals. When applied to a social or environmental change initiative, Whole Measures can serve as a foundation for a highly integrated, whole systems approach that effectively embraces a wide variety of values such as: social equity, biodiversity, human rights, ecosystem health, civic engagement, and economic vitality.
Whole Measures for Community Food Systems is the work of the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC, no longer in operation), a planning and evaluation tool developed in partnership with members of CWC and others adapting the Whole Measures framework to food systems. CWC now stewards this work and offers training and technical assistance in its use.
In addition, CFSC published Stories from the Field a report that documents how Whole Measures for Community Food Systems (WM CFS) USDA grant to pilot WM CFS in communities and schools across the U.S. Download PDF.
Whole Measures for Urban Conservation (WMUC), based on Center for Whole Communities’ Whole Measures, was produced in partnership with The Nature Conservancy as part of the launch of the North America Cities Network. Led by Center for Whole Communities, a team of Conservancy staff from the Cities Network developed the rubric and provided key input for the guidance portion of the document. WMUC includes four primary areas of measurement and is a reference point for leaders interested in prioritizing benefits to low-income communities and advancing justice and equity in their work. While this document serves as a primary appendix to the Field Guide to Conservation in Cities, it is designed as a stand-alone document that may be used and reproduced independently.
This statement is part of our ongoing process as an organization to identify and articulate our deepest-held values and to put forth in the world why we do the work that we do and how we might strive to do it better. With that in mind this is an evolving statement, as we ourselves evolve. It felt most pressing to us to begin with a statement on race, power and privilege for many of the reasons articulated below.