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    I need help in putting together information that I can use and I also need guidance for the structure on one of the initiatives as the business case for which I will conduct a cost-benefit analysis and describe why that is the topic I have selected. My topic selection should be three to five pages in length and should address the viability and ease of access to relevant data that I will need in order to analyze the issues and evaluate options. I attached two possible topics for the business case.

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    1. The project - 150 words
    2. The topic of interest - 150 words
    3. Business interest - 150 words
    4. The initiative as a business case - 150 words
    5. Cost & Benefit of the initiative to the public - 150 words
    6. Issues in the project - 150 words
    7. Option - 150 words

    This outline should yield around 1,050 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. All the best with your studies.

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    Topic Description: CBA of the City of Baltimore's Food Policy Initiative


    Recently, I have submitted 2 cases of public policy initiatives currently rolled out and practiced in 2 specific locations in the US - one in Baltimore, Maryland (Food Policy) and one in Miami-Dade County, Florida (Prevention of Violence in Teen Dating). Both are local initiatives where the stakeholders of each of the locality have arrived to the conclusion that each of these initiatives are essential in resolving local issues of great concern to the safety and development of the community. At this juncture however, our task is now to look at a public policy initiative from a 'business' viewpoint. The reason behind this is simple. McCammon (2013) argues that, "If you're trying to design a government program, say, to educate kids or reduce crime, you'd want it to actually work, right? There are now ways for policymakers to get a better handle on what's effective and what's not. A new report from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative looks at how states are using cost-benefit analysis to guide public policy." By looking at policy options through a cost-benefit system, options are rank so as to, "get the biggest crime-reducing bang for the taxpayers' bucks." But crime reduction is not the only issue that needs to be resolved - thus CBA or cost-benefit analysis is now applied to any potential policy or solution to public issues.

    Topic: Baltimore's Food Policy Project Initiative

    Of interest to me is the city of Baltimore's Food Policy Project also known as the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative (BFPI). It is a policy conceived to changed the city's food environment so that citizens, especially the poorest (Baltimore, 2010) can "increase access to healthy, affordable food in the city." According to the city's Food Policy Task Force (2010),

    "Access to healthy food has become a major concern for Baltimore City due to a combination of economic development and public health factors that have contributed to many residents in the City living in food-insecure environments. Food insecurity - defined as lack of access to enough food for an active and healthy lifestyle - afflicts nearly 14% of low-income Baltimore families. At the same time, more than two thirds of adults and Nearly 40% of high school students surveyed in Baltimore City were overweight or obese as of 2007. Poor diet and obesity are associated with numerous chronic health problems, including cardiovascular disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of mortality in Baltimore City. Access to healthy food options has become more difficult due to several decades of 'supermarket flight' from the City."

    "Recent studies by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found that many Baltimore residents living in neighbourhoods without a major supermarket rely on neighborhood corner stores as a major food source, and that these stores often do not offer healthful basics such as whole wheat bread or skim milk. According to the 2008 Social Compact Drilldown , the City has 1.78 sq. ft. of food retail space per person, which is below the industry standard for well-served areas of 3 sq. ft. per person. Increasing the accessibility of healthy foods is a ...

    Solution Summary

    The solution provides advise and information to resolve the task (see above) on the cost and benefit analysis of a public policy (the city of Baltimore's Food Policy Initiative to resolve food deserts in the city). Resources are listed.