Please see info below about a new endeavor focusing on shared measurement for the Michigan Good Food Charter’s goals and ways to join in on the conversation to shape the direction of this work!
Farm to Institution Specialist | Michigan Lead for National Farm to School Network
Center for Regional Food Systems | Michigan State University
480 Wilson Rd | Rm 303 Natural Resources Building | East Lansing, MI 48824
We are pleased to announce the launch of a statewide Michigan Good Food Charter Shared Measurement Project. This is a highly collaborative project coordinated by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems and the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition which is a non-profit nutrition research center located in Omaha (but also works nationally), in which we hope a number of Michigan-based organizations doing work related to the Good Food Charter will participate. The goal of this effort is to identify, prioritize and agree on a set of shared metrics to be gathered throughout the state to provide a more complete understanding of the impacts of the good food work conducted across Michigan. We intend that these metrics will be useful in creating a comprehensive picture of food systems work to help build an even more compelling case for food systems change in Michigan!
Over the next 15 months, participant organizations in this process will identify, prioritize, and agree upon good food indicators and appropriate mechanisms for collecting (at least some of the) data in work relating to the goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter. We will utilize the Collective Impact framework of public-private partnerships to guide the process, and intend to develop a shared measurement system in which the data collected can be more easily additive across projects, organizations, and the entire state of Michigan.
We are offering two introductory teleconferences regarding this unique project PRIOR to the Michigan Good Food Summit on October 28th, as well as a session at the summit. These introductory Shared Measurement Project teleconference(s) will take place two times:
Friday, October 3 - from 10 am to 11:30 am EDT
Wednesday, October 8 - from 9:30 to 11:00 am EDT
These two teleconferences will be identical in content; we are offering two sessions to increase your likelihood of participating. You need only participate in one session! So that we will have an idea how many people and who will be one each call, please RSVP to me by e-mail ahead of the call if you plan to participate.
To logon to the teleconference, please use the following number and access code:
access code 241655#
During this call we will introduce you to the Shared Measurement Project and provide you an outline of how you and your organization or project could potentially participate. If you cannot make either of these two teleconferences, there will be a follow-up session at the October 28th Good Food Summit that you can attend. If none of those are options for you and you still have an interest in this project, please contact me by October 3.
We hope you can join us on October 3 or 8th!
Rich Pirog, Senior Associate Director
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
480 Wilson Road, Room 302
East Lansing, MI 48824
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