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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

7 System Elements

What are the 7 System Elements?

Community development is the work of building and sustaining neighborhoods. Community development brings opportunity and services to bear on behalf of residents and businesses in a defined neighborhood. It is facilitated through Community Development Organizations (CDOs) partnering with Grass Roots Organizations (GROs) and other neighborhood stakeholders.

Community development embraces sustained resident empowerment and equity: social, economic, racial, and environmental. It strives to build social cohesion. It holistically integrates planning, community education, advocacy, resident support, and economic development in a defined neighborhood.

System Governance
Capacity Building & Certification
System Capitalization
Neighborhood Voice & Advocacy
Data & Evaluation
Education & Career Pipeline
City Engagement

Community development is the work of building and sustaining neighborhoods. Community development brings opportunity and services to bear on behalf of residents.

1. System Governance

Equal partners keeping the system strong for all neighborhoods.

A structured and functioning coordination and oversight system with community development stakeholders as equal partners; collaboratively shepherding all the components of the system and assuring they are aligned.

Latest Updates

  • The BECDD Steering Committee is now working with a consultant team (McMillion Group and Community Democracy Workshop) to think through how the oversight/coordination role will function in terms of accountability and roles.  An important part of this framework is that CDAD (Community Development Advocates of Detroit) will be playing a backbone organization” role.  This role is now being defined and may involve hosting the work of BECDD, including its Steering Committee and staff, providing administrative support, and playing a convening role.
  • The Steering Committee is also looking at roles and accountability among CDAD, the Steering Committee and three important partner organizations – Detroit Future City’s Housing Compact, Data Driven Detroit and JFM Consulting Group – in regard to these organizations’ work in implementing 5 of the System Elements (see below).
  • Simultaneously, in 2019 the Steering Committee, with CDAD and NEW (a nonprofit TA provider) created a City Council District-by-District strategy to resolve how to get Community Development Coverage in all of Detroit’s City Council Districts based on some Guiding Principles from  the 2018 Defining Neighborhoods” Task Force.  A great deal of information gathering has taken place on a District-by-District basis, culminating in the 2019 Summit.  As of early 2020 Districts Meetings were planned for each District to review the information with key neighborhood leaders, CDOs and GROs, to look at solutions for how to assure community development support in each Council District.  In March of 2020 those meetings were paused due to COVID-19.  It is expected that this process will be resumed in 2021.

2019 Task Force

  • 2019–2020 Transition Team: The 15-member BECDD Steering Committee has determined that it would play a permanent oversight role to assure system coordination and alignment. Toward that end, they appointed a 6‑member Transition Team to work on the transition of BECDD from a separate initiative, to working inside CDAD.   The BECDD system-building work will continue from within CDAD, until the system-building process is complete.   The Steering Committee, in the meantime, will continue to function to assure system coordination and alignment. The transition is expected to take place late in 2020.

2. Capacity Building & Certification

Effective, sustainable neighborhood-based organizations.

Systematic access to training, technical assistance, coaching and peer learning to support CDOs and Grass Roots Organizations to play their roles in every neighborhood.  CDO performance standards and support to maintain high performance.  Capacity support to intermediaries to assure effective delivery of capacity building services.

Latest Updates

  • In mid-2019, the Implementation Team of CDAD/Co.act/MCR opted to take the lead in launching an effective and coordinated capacity building delivery system.   Enterprise Community Partners/Detroit office was added to the team in 2020.  The group is now identifying CDO/GRO capacity needs and available TA providers, identifying gaps in service, and will be identifying a lead agency to assure an effective launch of the delivery system.  


2019 Task Force

  • 2019–2020 Implementation Team:
    • CDAD
    • Co.act
    • Enterprise Detroit
    • Michigan Community Resources

3. System Capitalization

Resources for the entire system to thrive in our neighborhoods.

A long-term strategy to assure sustainable, equitable public, private and legislated resources for community development work in Detroit.

Latest Updates

  • The System Capitalization Task Force conducted extensive research during 2019 on community development capital in play;” and developed preliminary estimates on the cost of a fully-functioning community development system.  That work led to the development of nine recommendations.  The Task Force is now pivoting to organize itself to assure implementation of the recommendations, and working with the BECDD Steering Committee on how the two will collaborate as the work transitions into CDAD.
  • The System Capitalization Task Force also generated the creation of a Funders Discussion Group” which has met several times and is looking at focusing on the question of equity in community development.  Additionally, because of the Task Force’s work, the City of Detroit is now convening weekly conversations with CDOs and Intermediaries to look at how city resources can be used to support community development, and to design a community development delivery system for city government.
  • Simultaneously, the joint BECDD-CEDAM Neighborhoods and Communities Coalition (NACC) has been meeting since November of 2018.  A statewide model that mimics a similar program in 14 other states has been developed.  The model incentivizes private donations to CDOs across Michigan, through a state tax credit. Legislation has been written, two co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle have been recruited, and committee hearings are in the process of being scheduled.  A statewide messaging strategy is now being developed, called RISE Up for Michigan Communities.”

2019 Task Force

  • 2019–2020 Task Forces:
    • System Capitalization Task Force
    • Statewide Neighborhoods and Communities Coalition, co-sponsored by BECDD and CEDAM (Community Economic Development Association of Michigan)

4. Neighborhood Voice & Advocacy

Citywide process and structure to articulate and advocate neighborhood priorities from the ground up.

A system to build cross-sector relationships and trust within every neighborhood through Neighborhood Action” tables, technical support to those tables, then citywide coordination of those tables to create an influential citywide neighborhood voice.

Latest Updates

  • In 2019, CDAD conducted a pilot using the Connected Communities” model, in two neighborhoods in Detroit.   The results of the pilot are now being developed, with an eye toward applying lessons learned and expanding the model to other neighborhoods in Detroit.

2019 Task Force

  • 2019–2020 Implementation Team:
    • CDAD

5. Data & Evaluation

Measuring progress toward vital neighborhoods.

An agreed-on framework to define neighborhood success, with neighborhood-level data, and an index” system to measure progress.

Latest Updates

  • The Implementation Team of Data Driven Detroit /JFM Consulting Group have worked with the Task Force and focus groups to further refine the Neighborhood Vitality Indicators.  They have obtained funding for a three-phase pilot in several Detroit neighborhoods.  They will soon begin working with the Steering Committee to assure alignment between the Neighborhood Vitality Indicators and the system success metrics.

2019 Task Force

  • 2019–2020 Task Force:
    • Neighborhood Vitality Task Force

6. Education & Career Pipeline

Creating an equitable and professional community development pipeline of leaders.

A number of project-based programs and easily accessible education tracks, fellowships and placements, for youth ages 11–24, resident leaders and aspiring and current community development practitioners; to generate a robust pipeline of community development practitioners and leaders of all ages, especially those of color from the Detroit region.

Latest Updates

  • Four CDOs (Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance, Congress of Communities, Eastside Community Network and Urban Neighborhood Initiatives) have been  leading the Youth in Community Development consortium with BECDD staff support.  Focused on youth ages 11–24, they are now working to create pilot” partnerships with DPSCD (community development dual enrollments), community college curricula, and other certificate tracks with higher education.   The youth development work of seven CDOS has been documented to show commonalities and uniquenesses among communities.   Simultaneously, two universities (Wayne State University and Lawrence Technological University) have created community development-related certificate tracks for 2021 launch; and we are working with Americorp on a potential partnership to award academic credit for Americorp placements in CDOs.  We are also working with Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation and DPSCD on a possible community development-related work-based learning” program at Detroit High Schools.  The long-range goal is to create a Community Development Talent Portal that can serve multiple users including prospective practitioners, community development employers, higher-education institutions and others.   A lead agency to coordinate these various partnerships and the portal, once developed, will need to be identified.

2019 Task Force

  • 2019–2020 Task Force:
    • The Youth in Community Development Consortium

7. City Engagement

City government joining forces with neighborhood-based organizations.

City government support for community development through the recognition of CDOs as critical partners, the provision of city funding for the work, and ongoing partnerships with CDOs to help fulfill the city’s master plan and other neighborhood plans.

Latest Updates

  • The Detroit Future City/Detroit Housing Compact has created a workgroup including eight CDOs, the City’s Housing & Revitalization Department and the Detroit Land Bank Authority to design a Single Family Housing Rehab Partnership with the eight neighborhoods represented by the CDOs.  The pilot project has been designed, the city has offered resources to help move it forward, and DFC staff is now working on other set-up tasks.

2019 Task Force

  • 2019–2020 Implementation Team:
    • Detroit Housing Compact/Single Family Housing Rehab Pilot Project Work Group