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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

2019–2020 Structure and Process

BECDD Stakeholder Forum

  • Learns about and gives feedback on BECDD Projects
  • Open Dialogue on key neighborhood issues
  • Meets quarterly

The Stakeholder Forum consists of:

  • City and State Government
  • Financial and Non-Financial Intermediaries
  • Academia
  • Policy-Makers
  • Human Service Institutions
  • Quasi-Government Organizations
  • CDOs
  • Grass Roots Organizations
  • Philanthropy
  • Social Justice Groups
  • Corporations
  • Small Businesses


2019 System Governance: Forming the System Coordination and Oversight Entity

System Governance Element:

  • Community development coverage process
  • Coordinating and aligning all the system elements
  • A collaborative community development structure among organizations in neighborhoods

BECDD Steering Committee

14+ Community Development Stakeholders:

  • 6 CDOs
  • 4 Intermediaries
  • 2 Funders
  • 1 City Government Official
  • 1 University
  • Other Stakeholders
  • Oversees the BECDD Phase 3 System Building Process
  • Determines the Oversight Structure and Accountability Process


System Projects: Monitoring, Guidance, and Compilation of Learnings Through the Testing of 2018 Task Force Recommendations by 5 Stakeholder Implementation Teams


Leading to These Outcomes


Implementation team:

  • CDAD
  • Co.act
  • Enterprise
  • MCR

Capacity Building & Certification Element

2020–2023 Outcomes:

  • Collaborative group of capacity building providers
  • Certified, high-capacity CDOs and strong GROs in every neighborhood

  • NEIGHBORHOOD VOICE AND ADVOCACY FRAMEWORK: testing in two neighborhoods

Implementation team:

  • CDAD

Neighborhood Voice & Advocacy Element

2020–2023 Outcomes:

  • Citywide structure to articulate neighborhood priorities

  • NEIGHBORHOOD VITALITY INDEX: articulating and advocating

Implementation team:

  • Data Driven Detroit
  • JFM Consulting Group

Data & Evaluation Element

2020–2023 Outcomes:

  • Neighborhood vitality” progress measurement system in play in partnership with city government
  • Universal access to neighborhood data with technical assistance to collect it, acquire it and use it


  • GDYT Youth in Community Development partnership
  • Community Development Career Navigation Portal
  • Community Development Academic Tracks
  • Americorp/Academic Partnership

Implementation team:

  • Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance
  • Congress of Communities
  • Eastside Community Network
  • Urban Neighborhood Initiatives

Education & Career Pipeline Element

2020–2023 Outcomes:

  • Community development certification academic tracks with a career navigation system
  • Strong pipeline of community development professionals

At least one CITY-CDO PARTNERSHIP developed and tested

Implementation team:

  • Detroit Future City/Detroit Housing Compact

City Engagement Element

2020–2023 Outcomes:

  • Institutionalized City-CDO partnerships


System Resources: Continuing Research, Design and Strategy on How to Organize and Resource the System

System Capitalization Element:
  • System Capitalization Task Force
  • Statewide Neighborhoods and Communities Coalition
  • A sustainably resourced community development system with public and private sources and some systemic revenue streams