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:

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



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