Minneapolis has new indicators to measure success
Today the City Council and mayor adopted community indicators by which the City will assess whether it’s moving in the right direction toward its goals. Community indicators are high-level signals of community health and well-being. They also represent what people who live and work in Minneapolis care about. Progress toward City goals will be assessed by the following measures:
- Living well: the types of transportation people use to commute to work, housing that is both affordable and safe, the amenities and services in our neighborhoods, residents’ perception of safety, the number of violent crimes, and the economic power of the arts and the creative sector.
- One Minneapolis: disparities in the following focus areas: unemployment, poverty, low-level crime arrests, third grade reading proficiency, hospitalization from asthma, infant mortality rate, trust in Minneapolis City government, and access to healthy food.
- Great places: air quality affecting human health; the health of our lakes, streams and rivers; garbage and recycling; the city’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, access to parks and green space, and the condition of roads and bridges.
- A hub of economic activity and innovation: employment, sales, business startups, and adults’ education levels and wages.
- A City that works: resident satisfaction with City services and value for tax dollars, City employee engagement, resident access to information about City programs and services, and percentage of women and people of color in the City workforce.
Measures based on community input
The set of community indicators is based on an extensive review of best practices from peer cities, community input and professional staff and policymaker feedback. To identify measures that people who live and work in Minneapolis care about, the City conducted an engagement process that included individual interviews, paper surveys, listening sessions and an online crowdsourcing tool called IdeaScale. Over four weeks, more than 1,500 people participated. More than 200 ideas and 7,900 votes helped City staff develop a list of 30 community indicators. The City tailored engagement strategies to ensure that a variety of perspectives from a wide range of communities was heard, including cultural communities, seniors, young people and City employees.
How will the City use community indicators?
The new City Goal Results Minneapolis program will blend data and analysis from City departments and community stakeholders. These will help the City understand the lived experience of those in the community and which tools the City can use to drive progress. Each “City Goal Results Minneapolis Roundtable” meeting will report on two community indicators. These meetings will kick off in December.
Published Sep 11, 2015