Blueprint for Equitable Engagement
The Blueprint for Equitable Engagement is a multi-year strategic action plan to ensure an equitable community engagement system for the City of Minneapolis.
Public Review and Comment Period - Now Open
The revised draft of the Blueprint for Equitable Engagement is now available for another round of public review. The review period will begin Friday, October 16 and last until Monday, November 30.
Draft Blueprint for Equitable Engagement Document (10/16/15)
The Blueprint for Equitable Engagement is a 5 year plan to ensure an innovative and equitable engagement system for the City of Minneapolis. The plan will be used as a roadmap to better achieve the department’s mission, “Engaging Communities for a Better Minneapolis”, between 2015 and 2020. Inclusive and equitable participation will be critical to achieve the One Minneapolis goal.
During the review period we have scheduled three opportunities for the public to attend open houses to learn more about the Blueprint for Equitable Engagement and provide comments:
Saturday, October 24th
10:00am – 12:00p.m.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park
(4055 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, 55409)
Monday, October 26th
5:00 – 7:00p.m.
(621 N. 29th Ave, Minneapolis, 55411)
Thursday, November 5th (NCR’s Department Open House)
4:00 – 6:30p.m.
Crown Roller Mill Building
(105 5th Avenue South, Minneapolis, 55401)
Please provide your comments in writing no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 30th to:
Neighborhood and Community Relations Departments
Crown Roller Mill Suite 425
105 Fifth Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55401
You may also provide your comments in writing to email@example.com.
All comments received will be reviewed by NCR staff, and will be used to develop final recommendations to the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission and the Minneapolis City Council. If you have any questions about the draft Blueprint, please contact David Rubedor at (612) 673-3129 or David.Rubedor@minneapolismn.gov.
Timeline and Next Steps:
- Friday, October 16th: Draft document gets released to the public.
- Friday, October 16th - Monday, November 30th: NCR’s Access and Outreach Team will circle back with cultural groups for their review of the revised document.
- Saturday, October 24th, 10:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.: Blueprint Open House (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park)
- Monday, October 26th, 5:00-7:00p.m.: Blueprint Open House (Farview Park)
- Thursday, November 5th, 4:00-6:30p.m.: NCR Open House (Crown Roller Mill Building)
- Monday, November 30th: Comment period ends
- Tuesday, December 1st – Thursday, December 15th: Revisions
- Tuesday, December 22nd: December NCEC meeting
- Early 2016: Council adopts final Blueprint for Equitable Engagement document.
Focus group discussions:
The Blueprint For Equitable Engagement is being developed in accordance to the City’s adopted Core Principles of Engagement. The Blueprint is being developed with an engagement strategy that utilizes both internal and community expertise. Continued development of the Blueprint will include community dialogue to inform strategy and tactics, while expanding partnerships in this area of work. The following is a list of upcoming focus groups discussions. Additional focus groups may be added after completing the following:
- City Council’s HECE and NCEC community meetings (2)
- Intermedia Arts and Creative City Making
- OAP and its collaborative partners (including Nexus)
- Neighbors Organized for Change (NOC)
- African American Community
- 9/25/14 Notes (doc)
- Latino Engagement Task Force
- Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities
- 6/18/2014 Notes (doc)
- Senior Advisory Committee and the Senior Skyway Center
- 8/27/2014 Notes (doc)
- One Minneapolis Fund grantees
- Three (3) Neighborhood organizations focus groups organized in alignment with existing NCEC districts.
- Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors
- SE Asian Community Organizations
- East African Community Organizations
- LGBTQ Community
- Renter Community
- 9/30/14 Notes (doc)
- Youth Organizations
Themes: Hundreds of comments and notes were taken at the aforementioned Focus Group Discussions. Listed below are the general themes that emerged from all of the conversations:
- Support increased access to the City’s decision making process and allocation of resources.
- Support for leadership development.
- More Training and education for community members about how to get involved.
- Explore and deploy new forms of engagement that can reach more people.
- Establish trust within community through increased transparency and accountability
- Model equity within city operations.
- Increase representation from all segments of the community.
- Provide more and better information to the community, in a way people can understand.
- Build the capacity of individuals and community organizations to participate in the City processes.
- City leadership and departments need to be more present in community.
- Enhance, coordinate and expand City department focused engagement.
Boards and Commission Diversity Survey: Boards and commissions represent a key component of community engagement activities in regard to City actions and decision making. Every two years, the NCR department survey's members of our boards and commissions to measure progress.
2015 Neighborhood Board Diversity Survey Report: The 2015 Neighborhood Organization Board Diversity Survey is the first survey conducted by NCR to examine the demographic makeup of neighborhood organization boards. The survey design and analysis is intended to (1) create a baseline and characterize as accurately as possible the current makeup of neighborhood organization boards, (2) provide a basis for recommendations, (3) identify possible questions for further study.
Last updated Oct 16, 2015