How should the City of Minneapolis gauge its success?

How should Minneapolis measure how well it’s doing? The City of Minneapolis is launching the Community Indicators Project to create measures to help the community, City leaders and staff determine how successful the City is at achieving its goals.

Through the project, the City is looking for input from the community to help define what success looks like. Through community outreach and online engagement, the City wants to hear from folks on what Minneapolis looks like when the City achieves its goals. For example, what does “Living Well” (one of the five City goals) mean to those who live, work and play in Minneapolis? Does it mean connected neighborhoods? Access to amenities? Safe streets?

The City is using tailored engagement strategies to ensure it gets a variety of perspectives from a wide range of communities including cultural communities, GLBTQA, seniors, youth and City employees. People will have opportunities to provide input through community listening sessions, paper surveys and an online engagement tool until Feb. 6. The engagement tool will allow folks to share their ideas on what success in Minneapolis looks like and also let them vote on those ideas. Because the online engagement tool uses crowdsourcing technology, the information within the tool will update in real time to display the changing input and ideas of its users.

Once the engagement period closes, City staff will develop measures for the most popular themes within each City goal.

Published Jan 16, 2015

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