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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 public‐private governance and coordination system with community development stakeholders as equal partners; collaboratively shepherding all the components of the system.

Latest Updates

  • Individual, anonymous interviews with 17 Advisory Council members in Fall of 2018 identified a few areas of consensus and several areas for further discussion (common purpose, scope of authority). Discussions to finalize common purpose, roles, structure are now underway
  • Question of whether governance” or coordination/oversight” is better descriptor
  • BECDD Advisory Council taking on more decision‐making roles: supporting a process of testing recommended projects related to system build‐out; another, guiding a CDO Coverage” process in 2019–2020, involving local District‐level discussions among CDOs and GROs.
  • With expert assistance, governance entity should launch in Fall of 2019

2019 Task Force

  • Advisory Council, leading to a collaborative government/coordination function

2. Capacity Building & Certification

Effective, sustainable neighborhood‐based organizations.

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

Latest Updates

  • Intermediary System Task Force has looked at an analysis of CDO immediate needs and Intermediary Organization needs and identified some key capacity building needs including data access/data management, fund development and SF Housing Rehab.
  • Task Force has developed a 5 Drivers of an Effective Community Development  Intermediary System” conceptual framework, as a way of clarifying roles/lanes of the various intermediaries in the larger system. Those five drivers are: Advocacy, Capacity, Coordination, Knowledge and Money. As these five drivers are developed, they will be consistent with the development of the pilot projects that arose out of the 2018 process, and champion stakeholders will be asked to step forward in 2019 to lead and fully develop the drivers.
  • Task Force recommended a concept for Coordination of Community Development Capacity Building Services” at the Summit. The concept was generally well‐received, with a caveat that individual resident leaders should also be able to access these services. When this Task Force meets in January, there will be discussion on which champion stakeholder(s) will step forward to build out this service, including addressing the CDO Immediate Needs mentioned above. The Task Force is now obtaining CDO survey feedback on this concept.

2019 Task Force

  • Intermediary System Advisory Team

3. System Capitalization

Resources for entire system to thrive in our neighborhoods.

A comprehensive strategy to assure public‐private systemic resources for community development work; including operating support for CDOs, funding for capacity building for CDOs and Grass Roots Organizations, access to low‐cost shared organizational services, well‐resourced data and evaluation services; and capital for community development projects.

Latest Updates

  • The System Capitalization Task Force and consultants have been recruited and a workplan developed to create an initial 5‐year plan. Task Force activated in February of 2019.
  • BECDD and CEDAM have formed a statewide Joint Task Force (“Community and Neighborhood Resources”) and recommended a model now in play in 14 states, for a state‐legislated, donation‐based tax credit program to incentivize private donations to community development organizations. Work now underway to create a statewide coalition, a CED legislative caucus, and to finalize details of a Michigan model.”
  • Expected completion of initial recommendations of both Task Forces, by Summer of 2019.

2019 Task Force

  • System Capitalization Task Force and Joint BECDD‐CEDAM Neighborhood and Community Resources Task Force

4. Neighborhood Voice & Advocacy

Citywide process to articulate and advocate neighborhood priorities.

A system to build cross‐sector relationships and trust within every neighborhood, then citywide coordination of those relationship tables to create an influential citywide neighborhood voice.

Latest Updates

  • Vision and Values Task Force completed an Equitable Development Framework” based on national research and unique Detroit context. This includes a) a statement of Vision for Detroit neighborhoods” and b) a statement of Values for Community Development.”
  • The Task Force brought to the Summit a recommended Neighborhood Voice and Advocacy Framework” that focuses on Neighborhood Action Tables” that are facilitated through CDOs, with a citywide entity to provide coordination, citywide advocacy and technical assistance/training.
  • The concept for this framework was generally well‐received, with several suggestions for how to make it effective and long lasting. CDAD has expressed its commitment to championing the development of this element through a two‐year testing period.

2019 Task Force

  • Neighborhood Voice and Advocacy Committee

5. Data & Evaluation

Measuring progress toward vital neighborhoods.

An agreed‐on framework for neighborhood success, with neighborhood‐level data on community development metrics and an evaluation system to measure progress.

Latest Updates

  • Success Framework Task Force  developed a Neighborhood Vitality Success Framework” including Core Indicators with definitions, data sources and geographic zones within Council districts to report on progress.
  • The Task Force created a Neighborhood Vitality Success Index measurement tool to measure qualitative and quantitative progress in neighborhood zones, based on these indicators.
  • The Task Force has partnered with Mayor’s office and Health Department to include the Mayor’s and DHD’s success measures. They have also worked with the Vision and Values Task Force on indicators of equitable development.
  • These tools and concepts were brought to the 2018 Summit, with a recommendation of a build‐out of this Framework during 2019–2020. The general Neighborhood Vitality” concept was well‐received. It is clear from the feedback that there will be a great deal of interest in: a) drilling down on the Indicators and required data to assure that the data will be useful and result in action and b) drilling down on the Neighborhood Zones to assure that the lines describing each zone make sense.

2019 Task Force

  • Neighborhood Vitality Advisory Team

6. Education & Career Pipeline

Creating an equitable and professional community development pipeline of leaders.

A number of easily accessible education tracks and credit‐earning placements, for aspiring and current CD practitioners, youth and resident leaders; to generate a robust pipeline of community development practitioners and leaders of all ages, especially those of color from the Detroit region.

Latest Updates

  • Leadership Pipeline Task Force completed a CDO Competency Framework that was presented at the 2018 Summit to great enthusiasm. Those competencies have helped to shape CD‐related undergraduate and graduate certification tracks at LTU and WSU for Fall 2019 launch.
  • UM Dearborn launched a series of CD Professional Development workshops in late 2018.
  • AmeriCorps program willing to consider a pilot that would award academic credit for residents working at CDOs in AmeriCorps placements.
  • BECDD and DESC/Grow Detroit Young Talent are now in conversation to develop CD apprenticeships and industry‐led training curricula for young people.
  • The same Task Force has created a Community Development Career Navigation Model to support youth, resident leaders, current practitioners and career‐changers to enter careers in community development in Detroit. It was presented at the Summit. It is now important for the champion stakeholder(s) willing to build out this element, to step forward.

2019 Task Force

  • Career Navigation Advisory Team, Youth in Community Development Advisory Team

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 financial support, and ongoing partnerships with CDOs to help fulfill the city’s master plan and other neighborhood plans.

Latest Updates

  • City Partnership Task Force has finished recommended Principles of Engagement for Detroit government and neighborhoods.
  • The same Task Force has generated a CD‐City Government Partnership Opportunity List complete with some early action projects.
  • The Task Force has helped to develop a city‐CDO partnership for beautification and capacity building. The RFP for this funded partnership is expected soon.
  • The Task Force presented Policy Priorities: Call To Action to facilitate community development in Detroit neighborhoods.

2019 Task Force

  • City Partnerships Advisory Team