Defining Success

Tier One Survey

Because community-defined measurements of success are more likely to incorporate indigenous values, we also asked tier one survey respondents to think about how to define success for the program, project, or organization they were nominating. Focus on traditional and cultural values as well as community involvement were the standout values identified by survey respondents as measuring success for the work their nominees were doing.



Given the high number of programs nominated that increase access to healthy and/or traditional foods, it was unsurprising that respondents most frequently indicated what made the programs successful was a focus on tradition and culture: 89% of respondents selected this response as an indicator of a successful program, while 86% also indicated that programs based in or led by community members were another measure of success.

The organizational leadership of the program was indicated as a significant measure of success as well, though it ranked slightly below the importance of community engagement and inclusion of cultural values as an indicator of success. Diversity of participants and organizational staff were less frequently selected by respondents as measures of success, but still received over 50% of respondents' votes.