Building the case for assessing and communicating statewide food system change through Michigan by better understanding the impact of good food efforts throughout Michigan.

Michigan Good Food Charter Shared Measurement Project

The Michigan Good Food Charter Shared Measurement Project will build the case for assessing and communicating statewide food systems change in Michigan. In order to better understand the impacts of Good Food efforts throughout Michigan, this highly collaborative project will:

  • Identify currently collected data that could also be used to measure progress toward Good Food Charter goals
  • Determine overlap, strengths, and gaps in currently available data that could measure progress toward Charter goals
  • Identify what data is needed to indicate successes and difficulties
  • Consider current and future capacity for data collection
  • Prioritize a short list of key indicators and data-sharing solutions
  • Establish consensus on which measures have the most value, and agree on common methodologies for data collection for each measure
  • Provide training and support as stakeholders pilot shared measures

These shared metrics will help those participating in Michigan Good Food work in three key ways:

  1. Ensuring that efforts to measure Good Food Charter success are aligned
  2. Providing an opportunity for participants to learn from others’ experiences and build on shared measures as they start new Good Food projects
  3. Enabling participants to add their measures and make a more comprehensive, compelling case for Good Food progress in the state

Common questions about the Michigan Good Food Charter Shared Measurement project

Q: Will the Shared Measurement project determine which foods should be characterized as green, healthy, fair, or affordable?

A: No, this project will not attempt to characterize foods according to the four elements of the Good Food definition.  This project will look at measures that are easily obtainable and can help track changes in areas like: food access, Michigan food sales in various markets, and Michigan jobs created through increased sales to Michigan markets.

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