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

Latest Updates

  • NEW (Nonprofit Enterprise at Work), CDAD and BECDD have created a District-by-District strategy to resolve how to get Community Development Coverage in all Detroit neighborhoods, based on the recommendations of last year’s Defining Neighborhoods Task Force.  It launched a presentation to the BECDD Steering Committee on June 25, and then a Stakeholder Forum on June 26.
  • The BECDD Steering Committee is now reviewing proposals from various firms, to assist in the creation of a system coordination/oversight” entity. At its July meeting the BSC should confirm a consultant and begin the work.


2019 Task Force

  • BECDD Steering Committee, leading to a permanent collaborative governance/oversight/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

  • The Implementation Team of CDAD/Co.act/MCR/NEW are meeting to a) look at how this model can be aligned with Co.act’s model; b) parcel out design/build-out tasks; and c) create a build-out budget, which should be ready by late June.


2019 Task Force

  • Intermediary System Stakeholders

3. System Capitalization

Resources for the entire system to thrive in our neighborhoods.

A comprehensive strategy to assure public, private and legislated resources for community development work.

Latest Updates

  • The System Capitalization Task Force has met four times.  At the June meeting, the consultant team presented results of an extensive research process including a) interviewing almost 50 Detroit stakeholders on current CD capital flow; and b) researching system capitalization strategies in other cities.  The Task Force has also taken a first look at estimated whole system costs” of between $84–85 million over five years. The Task Force has laid out a series of next steps based on the research and recommendations.
  • The Joint BECDD-CEDAM Neighborhood and Community Resources Task Force has been meeting since November of 2018.  A statewide model that incentivizes donations to CDOs is being developed. A statewide coalition is being developed.  Legislative visits have started and potential legislation sponsors have been informally identified.

2019 Task Force

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

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, then citywide coordination of those relationship tables to create an influential citywide neighborhood voice.

Latest Updates

  • The Implementation Team of CDAD has chosen two pilot neighborhoods and will begin work soon.  They have recruited their own funding.

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 index” system to measure progress.

Latest Updates

  • The Implementation Team of D3/JFM Consulting Group have been approved for a BECDD Innovation Fund (BIF) allocation for pre-pilot” phase of data gathering.  They will then complete a build-out budget and approach key foundations for support.

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

  • Four CDOs (Cody Rouge CAA, Congress of Communities, ECN and UNI) have been approved to lead a consortium that BECDD staff would convene, focused primarily on a Youth in Community Development” initiative.  Simultaneously, BECDD staff will work with Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) and SE Michigan Community Learning Partnership (SEMCLP) to a) finish developing the proposed academic tracks, b) create a hoped-for credit-for-placement partnership with Detroit LISC and National Americorps and c) create a design concept for a CD Talent Portal that can serve multiple users including prospective practitioners, CD employers, higher-ed institutions and others.  At a certain point the consortium will propose an Implementation Team.

2019 Task Force

  • Leadership Pipeline Stakeholders

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 Implementation Team of DFC-Housing Compact has received an allocation from BIF to convene a specific work group including DLBA, HRD, several CDOs, UCHC and Wayne Metro CAA to work on specific partnership around SF Housing Rehab of DLBA properties.  The first meeting has been held.

2019 Task Force

  • City Engagement Stakeholders