Plan Information

TermDefinition of TermDatabase entry
Plan RegionRegional scope of planMassachusetts
Publication DateYear that plan was originally published2015
Plan TitleFormal title of the published plan/documentThe Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan
WebpageIf applicable, webpage associated with the plan/planning project
AuthorsListed author(s) of the plan, and descriptions as applicableMassachusetts Food Policy Council (housed under MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources). The plan was developed for MFPC by: Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Franklin Regional Council of Governments, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, and Massachusetts Workforce Alliance
Author Type Category types: [Partnership; University; Government; Non-profit; Network; Food Policy Council]Food Policy Council; Government
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]State Government; Foundations
FundersCompiled list of fundersCommonwealth of Massachusetts; Massachusetts District Local Technical Assistance Program; Henry P. Kendall Foundation; Boston Foundation; Eos Foundation; Island Foundation; John Merck Fund; Merck Family Fund
Total FundingTotal amount of fundingUnspecified
Plan GoalsOverarching goals of the plan/recommendationsOverarching goals for the creation of the plan:1. Increase production, sales, and consumption of Massachusetts-grown foods.2. Create jobs and economic opportunity in food and farming, and improve the wages and skills of food system workers.3. Protect the land and water needed to produce food, maximize environmental benefits from agriculture and fishing, and ensure food safety.4. Reduce hunger and food insecurity, increase the availability of healthy food to all residents, and reduce food waste.
Intended AudienceWho is this plan written for?Policymakers, larger food system community
Plan Recommendation StructureOverview of how recommendations are structured within the written document,, i.e.: “5 goals, each with strategies and sub-recommendations”, etc.10 topic areas, each with multiple goals. Each goal has a series of recommendations, and each recommendation has actions.
The topic areas are:
Land InputsFarmingFishingProcessingDistributionMarketingFood Access, Security, and HealthWorkforceImplementation 
Catalyst for PlanAny important events that led to the creation of the plan, its funding, etc.The Massachusetts Food Policy Council was formed in the late 2000s, following a number of earlier food systems planning and assessment efforts. They undertook this planning process as part of their larger mission and in order to create “a general framework for goals and objectives that will improve Massachusetts’ agricultural economy, enhance the resiliency of the Commonwealth’s food system, and improve the nutritional health of the State’s population” (p. 13). 
Creation ProcessThe process by which this document was created, including Stakeholder Engagement Strategy.A full description of the engagement process is included as an appendix (p. 321).
“Stakeholder engagement for the Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan was a broad, statewide process that directly involved more than 1,500 people in more than 80 meetings, presentations, and interviews in all regions of the Commonwealth. Another 1,000 or more people were indirectly engaged and received information about the planning process at public events and conferences” (p. 321).
Key activities include:- 8 public forums across the state (400+ participants)- 8 statewide issue-specific working groups, which met a total of 29 times (270 participants)- 16 events held by partner organizations with information booths (1000+ engagements)- 242 low-income/BIPOC residents engaged- 120 interviews with members of municipal food policy councils, government agencies, farm and food businesses, hunger relief agencies, and other stakeholder organizations.- 32 Project Advisors who met eight times to provide general oversight and guidance to the plan.- 7 project status reports to the Massachusetts Food Policy Council (MFPC) and its Advisory Committee.- 2 rounds of comment opportunities on preliminary drafts of the plan
Theoretical Framework  [Collective Impact Framework; Transformative Scenario Planning; Human Centered Design; Design Thinking; Systems Thinking; Other; N/A]N/A
Theoretical Framework: LiteratureIf included, what literature did the report use as a theoretical framework?
Development TimelineLength of time it took for the plan to be created and published.Approx. 3 years. Statewide planning process began in 2013; plan adopted by the MFPC in December 2015.
Implementation StrategyArticulated strategies used to implement the recommendations.The 10th and final section of the plan’s recommendations focuses on implementation (p. 145-151). These recommendations focus on governance and oversight of the food system and the plan’s recommendations. 
Implementation TimelineRecommended length of time for Plan to be implemented by.Unspecified
Evaluation StrategyEstablished strategy for monitoring and evaluating plan implementation post-publication.Pages 152-156 offer a table of possible metrics corresponding to each of the 4 overarching plan goals and mapped onto the 10 corresponding topic areas. 
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.N/A