SHARING SETTLEMENT AND INTEGRATION PRACTICES THAT WORK THE LAND
31 January 2024
CCIS developed the concept of the Land of Dreams Farm (LOD) in response to research on the importance of community building in the long-term settlement of vulnerable newcomers, coupled with research on the positive impact of spending time in nature on sufferers of PTSD. [...] The LOD project can be scaled and adapted to align with the local context and the unique needs of immigrants and refugees that the program wants to target. [...] Innovative and Forward Thinking: The LOD project integrates Truth and Reconciliation calls to action into the core of the program and increases opportunities for newcomer and Indigenous communities to form meaningful cross- cultural connections. [...] PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION STRATEGY CCIS continuously develops and submits narrative, statistical, and financial reports to its funders outlining the activities on the farm, project expenses, the involvement of project partners, and the numbers of clients who are accessing events and activities on the farm. [...] The interviews and focus groups with farm participants focus on their experience, including how they learned about the farm, how they accessed the farm, their type and frequency of involvement on the farm, the impact on their relationships, cross-cultural knowledge gained and mental health, what they liked the most about the farm, and any perceived areas for improvement.