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Doing Development Differently in Metro Detroit;
Detroit's history of population decline since the 1950s is well documented and generally understood—at least in terms of raw numbers. But, getting a handle on the city's economy and job base at any point in time is less clear. People left Detroit over the last 60 years. But so too did commercial activity. And jobs. Population loss is a more straightforward analysis: it only goes one direction. Economic activity is more dynamic: workers commute in multiple directions, often back and forth across city boundaries every day. As businesses large and small, manufacturing centers, and institutions shifted outside the city, more resources and more jobs were pulled out. Where does Detroit stand from a jobs perspective today?
The 2017 Detroit Reinvestment Index, funded by The Kresge Foundation, measures perceptions of American cities, particularly the city of Detroit, among both National Business Leaders (N=300) and Detroit Metro-Area Entrepreneurs (N=300). The research was conducted online from December 2 through December 12th, 2016; approximate length of the survey was 15 minutes.The objectives of the research are to:* Track National Business Leaders' perceptions of and attitudes towards Detroit as a place to conduct business;* Uncover strengths and weaknesses of the City of Detroit as perceived by Entrepreneurs who operate in the Detroit Metro-Area;* Evaluate how National Business Leaders and Detroit Entrepreneurs view Detroit's recovery; and* Understand the specific attributes on which Detroit needs to improve to better provide for businesses operating in the Detroit Metro-Area.
Launched in 2006, the Skillman Foundation's ten-year, $100 million Good Neighborhoods Initiative succeeded in boosting education and community capacity in six neighborhoods, a comprehensive evaluation by the foundation finds. Based on nine individual evaluations focused on the initiative's efforts to improve school quality, strengthen community and civic leadership, support youth development, and improve safety, the report, Kids Matter Here: An Analytic Review of the 10-Year Good Neighborhoods Initiative, looks at how the initiative evolved through various phases, including community planning (2006-09), readiness and capacity building (2008-11), and implementation (2011-16); what it accomplished; and the lessons it offers. According to the report, the place-based initiative helped create networks of community leaders with improved capacity to influence local conditions on behalf of children; awarded more than eight hundred small grants to community leaders; and helped forge a cross-sector coalition focused on revamping financial and structural elements of Detroit's educational system. Indeed, between 2007 and 2015 high school graduation rates in the six neighborhoods targeted by the initiative increased from 65 percent to 80 percent, a much larger jump than for the city as a whole. Lessons for philanthropy include the importance of combining deep community engagement with investment in broader policy and systems change; recognizing, reinforcing, and renewing cultural values and norms guiding the work; investing in data and outcome measurement; and focusing on creating greater accountability by stakeholders.
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit;
In 2008, Mosaic released the findings of a three-year study conducted by the University of Michigan Department of Psychology, The Detroit Initiative and area-Detroit community based organizations. The study identifies and assesses the internationally acclaimed, professional performing arts training program's goals, practice methods, and expected outcome. Mosaic seeks to empower young people with the tools necessary to create positive changes in their lives and communities by helping them to develop patterns of cooperation, disciplined work habits and effective problem-solving skills through the creation of high-quality, professional-level performances of theatre and music. By highlighting the immense talent of young Detroiters, Mosaic helps to create positive peer role models and young people who can view a more positive future for themselves and for their community.
The breadth and depth of challenges facing Detroit are well known. Yet in the face of these serious social, economic and demographic challenges, there are many stories of renewal and hope. Emerging from the research and analysis generated by the Detroit Cultural Mapping Project is a powerful story of the role creativity and culture are playing in renewal and revitalization.The content of this report is as follows:Chapter One: The Creative Cultural Economy -- this chapter includes a detailed statistical analysis of the larger demographic and economic context for the project across the Tri-County region, including focused analysis of the City of Detroit.Chapter Two: Detroit's Cultural Assets -- this chapter summarizes findings from the cultural asset mapping process, examining current conditions and important trends related to cultural resources in Detroit.Chapter Three: Detroit's Stories - this chapter focuses on stories from the creative cultural sector that communicate the city's creative vitality and that speak to the role of cultural resources play in generating the social as well as economic capital central to revitalization.
Center for Michigan;
This report was commissioned by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement, to share insights from the "Detroit Civic Engagement Showcase & Learning Conference," which took place in September 2012.
The City of Detroit's bankruptcy was driven by a severe decline in revenues (and, importantly, not an increase in obligations to fund pensions). Depopulation and long-term unemployment caused Detroit's property and income tax revenues to plummet. The state of Michigan exacerbated the problems by slashing revenue it shared with the city. The city's overall expenses have declined over the last five years, although its financial expenses have increased. In addition, Wall Street sold risky financial instruments to the city, which now threaten the resolution of this crisis. To return Detroit to long-term fiscal health, the city must increase revenue and extract itself from the financial transactions that threaten to drain its budget even further.
Community Building Institute;
Excellent Schools Detroit represents a broad and diverse cross section of Detroit's education, government, civic and community, parent, organized labor, and philanthropic leaders who are committed to ensuring that all Detroit children receive the great education they deserve. This citywide education plan reflects months of discussions and deliberations by coalition members, as well as a series of six community meetings in November and December, youth focus groups, small group discussions with multiple stakeholders, and other outreach efforts. We appreciate the thoughtful recommendations from the many Detroiters who are as passionate as we are about the need to prepare all students for college, careers, and life in the 21st century.
Community Connections is a resident-centered grant program working to strengthen civic engagement and grassroots leadership in six Detroit neighborhoods: Brightmoor, Chadsey Condon, Cody Rouge, North End, Osborn, and Southwest. It awards grants of $500 to $5,000 to local projects that mobilize residents' energies to improve opportunities and conditions for youth. Community Connections was launched by the Skillman Foundation in 2006 as part of the Foundation's Good Neighborhoods initiative, and is operated by Prevention Network, a statewide organization experienced in running resident-focused small grants programs. Since 2012 it has also received major support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.Rooted in the conviction that local groups and leaders are essential if neighborhoods are to create safe environments where children and youth can grow up successfully, the program is guided by a four-fold impact framework. At its heart is a commitment to expand residents' civic engagement. Through its project support and related learning opportunities, Community Connections helps strengthen community leadership in these neighborhoods. Projects offer positive youth development opportunities to children and teens in these neighborhoods. And some projects contribute to systems change by connecting with kids in ways that larger institutional systems currently miss, by helping to create alternatives to those established institutional systems, and by engaging in neighborhood planning, policy advocacy and other efforts to reform those systems.
IFF Science Communication and Higher Education Research, University of Klagenfurt;
This study about access to quality early childhood care and education programs in Detroit identifies neighborhoods where the greatest numbers of young children need better access to providers of early childhood care and education. It also makes recommendations for improving access to quality early childhood care and education services.
In 2013, the Community Connections resident grants program in Detroit conducted a collaborative inquiry into the topic of smart collaboration among grassroots groups and others working for youth development and community improvement. The inquiry probed the experience and perspectives of 13 Community Connections grantee groups known for effective and strategic collaboration. Leaders of these groups were interviewed and engaged in reflective circle conversations, and project reports and other documents from these groups were reviewed. The inquiry team included four current or former members of the Community Connections Changemakers leadership panel plus three consultants. It was guided by Touchstone Center for Collaborative Inquiry, the program's learning and evaluation partner.1 Learnings from this inquiry are intended primarily for grassroots leaders who want to become more effective collaborators. They also may be useful to larger organizations that want to collaborate with grassroots organizations, and to funders, policy makers and intermediaries that want to promote improved collaboration with grassroots groups.
JFM Consulting Group;
Understanding that children cannot thrive if they do not feel safe in the places they live, play and study, in 2012, the Skillman Foundation added a safety strategy. The Foundation's investment in strategies and activities intended to increase safety is part of its overall investment in building pathways to success for Detroit's children. The Foundation also recognizes that movements toward safety were taking place among residents, community development practitioners and other stakeholders prior to 2012. These activities were key and provided the groundwork which informed, as well as worked alongside, the Foundation's investments in safety.With the goal of documenting the Foundation's safety grantmaking strategies and examining how these strategies are playing out in the target neighborhoods, the Skillman Foundation retained JFM Consulting Group (JFM), a Detroit-based planning, evaluation, and research firm to conduct a review of its safety strategy for the years between 2012 and 2015. As mentioned above, Skillman had not instituted an official safety component until 2012, however safety efforts had taken place prior to this time. This report provides the results of that review after 2012, as well as some context on safety efforts outside of the Foundation's direct investments.