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Progress Dashboard

Where have we been?

Where have we been?

Where are we now?

Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3

Phase 1 (2016)

We recruited stakeholders to analyze the problem, created a beginning set of system elements, and began considering a framework for a Detroit community development system.

Phase 2 (2017-2018)

We formed an Advisory Council, conducted extensive research resulting in a specific set of challenges and created Task Forces to respond to those challenges and develop test-projects for most of the elements.

Phase 3 (2019-2020)

Stakeholders will champion elements of the system, working closely with CDOs and GROs, by “test-piloting” project ideas:

  • Coordination of Capacity Building Services
  • Community Development Career Navigation Model
  • Neighborhood Vitality Success Framework
  • Neighborhood Voice and Advocacy Framework
  • At least two city-CDO funded partnerships

Simultaneously we will:

  • Activate the System Capitalization element
  • Establish a governance/oversight structure
  • Develop a process to resolve CDO coverage for all neighborhoods


2017 Summit Report

Comprehensive notes from the summit, including recommendations, commentary, remarks and consensus decisions reached.

Mapping Community Development Work in Detroit

A report and discussion on the CDAD D[Comm] Tool that will eventually document and map where and how all of the community development work is now taking place in Detroit.

Neighborhood Vitality Success Framework

Findings and recommendations for a success framework, including support for a partnership with the City of Detroit to measure progress on vital neighborhood” indicators.

Academic and Career Pathways

Findings and recommendations on the development of community development academic and career pathways that credential this work for everyone from grass roots leaders to mid-career professionals.

Capacity-Building Clearinghouse

Findings and recommendations on a Community Development Capacity-Building Clearinghouse that would coordinate a systematic approach to supporting strong CDOs and Grass Roots Organizations.

Working Definition of Community Development

A revised working definition of community development, Community Development Organizations and Grass Roots Organzations in Detroit.

Report for BECDD Collaboration

Stakeholder responses to their and all Detroiters readiness to collaborate for the sake of their neighborhoods.

Equitable Development Perspectives

Stakeholder perspectives from the BECDD Kitchen Cabinets on the question, What is equitable development in Detroit?”

Key Questions Related to Building a Community Development System

Perspectives from the BECDD Kitchen Cabinets on critical questions from What are the strategies to organize a neighborhood voice?” to What are the appropriate roles for city and state government in community development?”