Plan Information

Maine: Maine Food Strategy Framework (2016)

TermDefinition of TermDatabase entry
Plan RegionRegional scope of planMaine
Publication DateYear that plan was originally published2016
Plan TitleFormal title of the published plan/documentThe Maine Food Strategy Framework
WebpageIf applicable, webpage associated with the plan/planning project
AuthorsListed author(s) of the plan, and descriptions as applicableThe Maine Food Strategy (A network effort of funders and nonprofits, government agencies, and small businesses; see p. 34 for a list of all involved individuals).
Author Type Category types: [Partnership; University; Government; Non-profit; Network; Food Policy Council]Network
Region Type [Inter-state; State; City: County]State
Funding Sources [Foundations, State Government; Municipal Government; Federal Government; Individual Donors; State University; Private University; Non-profit organizations/entities; Unspecified]Foundations; State University
FundersCompiled list of fundersOriginally University of Southern Maine; switched to Third Sector New England (resource center) halfway through planning process. TSNE acts as a hub for directing resources.  
Total Planning BudgetTotal amount of funding required for plan creation.Unspecified
Plan GoalsOverarching goals of the plan/recommendationsThis plan was created to support an intentional coordinated approach to systems change in Maine’s food system. Four values are established (p. 9): economic development, a healthy Maine environment, vibrant communities, and healthy food for all.
Intended AudienceWho is this plan written for?All food systems actors, including policymakers, funders, and those carrying out programs and initiatives within the food system. 
Plan Recommendation StructureOverview of how recommendations are structured within the written document,, i.e.: “5 goals, each with strategies and sub-recommendations”, etc.Five specific goals, each with sub-strategies (framed as “how do we get there?”). Each sub-strategy offers a set of specific policy, program, or funding tactics. Each tactic is “tagged” with an icon representing one of the four Value Statements of the plan (p. 9).
Catalyst for PlanAny important events that led to the creation of the plan, its funding, etc.Group of Maine / NE funders convened stakeholders to think about how organizations working on food system issues could increase information sharing and collaboration. Discussions led to Aestablishment of an ad hoc committee charged with formed developing an RFP to contract an organization(s) to develop a “plan”.in recognition of food systems challenges.
Creation ProcessThe process by which this document was created, including Stakeholder Engagement Strategy.Formation and initiative planning (taken from p. 22-23 of the plan):
2011:- Ad hoc committee forms to discuss improving coordination between groups working on food systems coordinationissue
2012:- Initial participatory planning process conducted by Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine (USM) contracted to develop and implement a planning process. USM team recruits stakeholders for a “Design Team” to define a process and create a Steering Committee.
2013:- Design Team uses an open nomination process to  select and appoint an 18-person steering committee. The steering committee helps define the scope and process to develop a statewide “plan” and  guides four network-building initiatives: 1) a research study (survey) on household food purchasing conducted by USM; 2) a Food Summit, hosted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension; 3) a report reviewing all food-related legislation introduced in that year’s legislature; and 4) Research on food plans at the state, national and regional levels and a synthesis of recommendations from these
2014:- Consumer Report (attached) published for widespread distribution- MFS Steering Committee outlines priorities based on research from past plans and recent reports- MFS conducts preliminary stakeholder interviews and publishes a report on fisheries (attached).
2015:- MFS hires contractors to help lead focus groups with stakeholders with financial or language barriers to participation.- Subcommittees formed around each identified priority areagoal- 7 new SC members added via open nomination- Organizes a statewide Network gathering event
2016:- MFS publishes initial Framework Report- SC develops clear expectations and responsibilities for participating individuals- Subcommittee meetings held over 4 months
Plan creation and stakeholder engagement (taken from p. 32-34 of the plan):
1. MFS reviewed 200+ reports from other states, countries, and Maine itself. Conducted expert interviews with key organizations, government agencies, and businesses within Maine. Drafter initial report (attached) on these findings.2. MFS SC hired consultants to set priorities and indicators (using “You Get What You Measure” framework)3. Feedback on identified indicators and priorities was provided via a) 20+ expert interviews, b) a targeted survey (150+ responses), and c) formal presentations to staff at over 25 local organizations, businesses, and gov’t agencies.4. Focus groups were held to target “harder to reach” populations, offering financial, logistical, and linguistic support.5. Project staff synthesized all of the collected information and input into a large document. Four new sub-committees within the SC were created (one for each goal) to refine and finalize the strategy.
Theoretical Framework  [Collective Impact Framework; Transformative Scenario Planning; Human Centered Design; Design Thinking; Systems Thinking; Other; N/A]Collective Impact Framework
Theoretical Framework: LiteratureIf included, what literature did the report use as a theoretical framework?
Copy of Whole-Measures-CommFoodSystems.pdf
Development TimelineLength of time it took for the plan to be created and published.5+ years 
Implementation StrategyArticulated strategies used to implement the recommendations.Laid out briefly in the plan as:”Action: Partners convene to work on specific activities, policies and programs that advance the goals identified in the Framework.Assessment: Work within this emergent food systems network to find agreement on measurements that will help us know when progress is made.Evaluation: Develop channels for deeper communication across and within the network.” (p. 19)
Implementation TimelineRecommended length of time for Plan to be implemented by.Unspecified
Evaluation StrategyEstablished strategy for monitoring and evaluating plan implementation post-publication.Unspecified, though assessment and articulation are highlighted as a key next step (see “Implementation Strategy”).
Data-based measures for each goal are provided as an appendix (p. 28-31).
Supplemental Documents (to be attached within the AirTable)Supplemental documents that were published by the FSP group or corresponding organizations, and/or any document that provided background information and research to inform the analyzed plan.Maine Food Strategy Fisheries Primer (2014)Maine Food Strategy Consumer Survey Report (2014) Maine Food Strategy Project: Phase 1: Research Summary: Historical & current Food Plans from Maine and Other Places (2012)
Plan status[Active; Inactive; Updated; Update in Progress; Unknown]Active