Plan Information

TermDefinition of TermDatabase entry
Plan RegionRegional scope of planMaryland
Publication DateYear that plan was originally published2018
Plan TitleFormal title of the published plan/documentMaryland Food Charter
WebpageIf applicable, webpage associated with the plan/planning projecthttps://www.institutephi.org/our-work-in-action/policy-health-systems-improvement/maryland-food-charter-project/
AuthorsListed author(s) of the plan, and descriptions as applicableInstitute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI)
Author Type Category types: [Partnership; University; Government; Non-profit; Network; Food Policy Council]Non-Profit
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
FundersCompiled list of fundersTown Creek Foundation
Total Project BudgetTotal amount of funding to create, draft, publish plan.Unspecified$160K
Plan GoalsOverarching goals of the plan/recommendationsThe three key goals of the plan’s creation:”1. A more coordinated and efficient state food system.2. Collaborative relationships fostered between food system sectors and stakeholders.3. Equity, inclusiveness, and resilience woven throughout the system.” (p. 5)
The purpose of the charter:”- Educate and inform policymakers of statewide priorities- Leverage and target resources- Garner political will to support food policy issues- Engage new and existing food system stakeholders” (p. 6). 
Intended AudienceWho is this plan written for?Policymakers, general public, food systems actors, funders
Plan Recommendation StructureOverview of how recommendations are structured within the written document,, i.e.: “5 goals, each with strategies and sub-recommendations”, etc.6 categories, each with recommendations that include sub-tactics. Categories are organized around area of the supply chain. 
Catalyst for PlanAny important events that led to the creation of the plan, its funding, etc.IPHI hosted a meeting with local FPCs in 2014 and identified a need for network-building toward state-level policy change (p. 2 of Summary of Public Input document). 
Creation ProcessThe process by which this document was created, including Stakeholder Engagement Strategy.From p. 12-17:
1. IPHI formed an Advisory Committee
2. IPHI conducted key research & “Phase 1” stakeholder engagement (2015): – Conducted an “environmental scan” and reviewed 18 other charters/food systems plans- Conducted 50+ expert interviews- Released online survey focusing on collective action (167 responses)- Regional convenings with food policy councils/coalitions (70+ stakeholders) to identify goals and priorities- Findings were published in a Summary of Public Input report (attached)
3. Using input, IPHI drafted a vision statement.
4. IPHI hosted a state-wide Maryland Food Summit (2015).
5. “Phase 2” engagement with key systems players towards more targeted alignment:- Hosted a Baltimore “Food System Tour,” 44 food systems stakeholders attended-  Meetings with 33 legislators and staff; 24 non-profit organizations; 3 health institutions; 3 academic institutions; and 16 government committees.- Also aligned their work with the parallel Policy Scan undergone by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Liveable Future (attached)
Theoretical Framework  [Collective Impact Framework; Transformative Scenario Planning; Human Centered Design; Design Thinking; Systems Thinking; Other; N/A]Systems Thinking
Theoretical Framework: LiteratureIf included, what literature did the report use as a theoretical framework?“Whole Measure for Community Food Systems” by Center for Whole Communities (2009)
Development TimelineLength of time it took for the plan to be created and published.3 years
Implementation StrategyArticulated strategies used to implement the recommendations.Unspecified, but some recommendations focus on the implementation of the goals, such as: securing funding, developing an action plan, encouraging coordination, assessing alignment of policies, engaging awareness, and creating a media platform.
Implementation TimelineRecommended length of time for Plan to be implemented by.Unspecified
Evaluation StrategyEstablished strategy for monitoring and evaluating plan implementation post-publication.Unspecified
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.Creating Maryland’s Food Charter: A Summary of Public Input (IPHI)A Review of Food System Policies in Maryland (JHU Center for a Liveable Future, 2017)
Plan status[Active; Inactive; Updated; Update in Progress; Unknown]Inactive Unknown