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Corner Store Network Analysis Researcher

Agency Description: United Way of Northern Utah (UWNU) Unites people and organizations to build healthy and well-educated communities where individuals, families and neighborhoods thrive. UWNU’s workplace is friendly, flexible, and grounded in our core values: a clear sense of service, integrity, positive attitude, inclusion, innovation, and equity.

The Ogden Food Council is a volunteer group that aims to serve as a public forum for discussing food issues, fostering coordination between different sectors of the food system, evaluating and influencing policies, as well as supporting programs and services that address local needs. This includes identifying opportunities for: 

  • Improving access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food for all Ogden residents 
  • Strengthening Ogden’s food economy by supporting local farmers, food workers, and food entrepreneurs 

The Council is made up of a diverse group of individuals who represent all sectors of the food system, including but not limited to production, processing, distribution, retail, consumption, access, and nutrition.

Research Overview

The Ogden Food Council seeks to gain a better understanding of the relationship between corner stores and their suppliers. In order to better understand these relationships and the corner store “ecosystem,” we are seeking a qualified researcher to complete a network analysis of corner stores within the East Central neighborhood of Ogden.  Interviews of corner stores will be conducted, but additional quantitative and qualitative methods may be used. There are five main goals of this research:

  • Provide an understanding of the current connections between corner stores.
  • Provide an understanding of the connection between the corner stores and distributors, wholesalers, and local agricultural producers (i.e. the supply chain)
  • Identify where corner stores are facing barriers that prevent them from offering or selling more healthier food options. 
  • Identifying past connections between corner stores and local producers
  • Provide any recommendations on how to address gaps or barriers 

Deliverable

The network analysis will be delivered in the form of a report that will be disseminated to a variety of stakeholders, which include but are not limited to: Ogden Food Council, Ogden Civic Action Network (OgdenCAN), and UWNU.

Researcher Qualifications

  • Has a graduate degree or in the process of obtaining a graduate degree in Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, or a related field
  • Experience conducting a network analysis
  • Experience working with qualitative and quantitative data
  • An understanding of community-based research 
  • Ability to provide two references of relevant research experience
  • Preference will be given for experience working with the Ogden community and/or similar demographic area

Compensation

The budget for the project including compensation, materials, travel, and living expenses is $10,000. 
The researcher will be expected to turn in periodic invoices for payment, with 10% of the total compensation being delivered upon completion of the network analysis & the associated report.

Timeline

Complete research by mid-September 2022
Finalize report of network analysis by October 23rd, 2022

Send resume and references of relevant experience to Melissa Kloz at mkloz@uwnu.org 

 

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