Strategic planning retreat I: August 29, 2018
The Strategic and Racial Equity Action Planning process began with an all-day retreat with the Mayor, City Council, Department heads, their staff, and members of the City's Racial Equity Advisory Committee and their guests. Nearly 100 participants rated the 97 comp plan policies on four criteria to begin determining a set of the most impactful policies the city would work on first as part of a Strategic and Racial Equity Action Plan. This important work helped identify the initial areas that the City needed to focus on to embed racial equity principles into goals, operations, programs, services and policies. We also discussed ways to effectively engage the community, and when it would make sense to do that so their participation would be meaningful.
- The City owns the problem or solution and has control over the outcomes.
- The City could achieve measurable outcomes to reduce racial disparities by 2022.
- Focusing on this will present a long-term solution to a deeply rooted problem.
- This would begin to eliminate institutional racism.
Strategic planning retreat II: September 30, 2018
The Mayor and City Council spent half a day examining rankings from the August retreat. These were categorized into eight macro-policy areas. Before choosing which policy areas would be addressed within the SREAP, the Council decided to first clarify a vision and values for their collective work moving forward. As a result, the project was re-structured to first develop strategies for the four operational priorities already approved by the Council and Mayor as a function of the City's Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) participation. Meanwhile, the Council is working with a separate consultant to arrive at a vision, mission and values.
- Increase the hiring and retention of People of Color and Indigenous People in the City's workforce.
- Increase the percent count of, and spend with, racially and ethnically diverse for-profit suppliers across all departments.
- Improve the use of racially-disaggregated data for decision making in the legislative process.
- Improve the capacity of appointed boards and commissions (ABCs) to advance the City's racial equity work.
Developing operational strategies & the vital few projects: October 2018 - present
Over 60 City staff and external subject matter experts from community completed two full days of work for each of the policy priorities for the Strategic and Racial Equity Action Plan. The work sessions were facilitated by external consultants using the Metrics of Urgency/Vital Few process, which is a problem-solving approach designed to identify vital projects that will improve outcomes for residents in each of the three policy areas of the plan. Building off the important work that happened in these sessions, City staff will be refining and developing the following components for the final plan to be adopted in July 2019:
- Strategic need with rationale
- Key lagging indicators
- Problem statement
- 3-year SMART goals
- “Metric of Urgency” – highest impact lagging indicators
- “Vital Few” projects - 1-3 projects that will impact goals
- Workplan (City staff actions at high-level)
Developing policy strategies & the vital few projects: Subject matter expert workshops
These are work sessions for community subject matter experts (SMEs) to assist City staff in developing specific and concise strategic needs and vital few projects based on data. We will be using the Metric of Urgency process. Work session participants should have strong experience and/or a good understanding of the topic area, it's data and system processes. All who attend are expected to actively participate.
These work sessions are not appropriate spaces for observation or advocacy. Please refer to public meetings listed above for those opportunities.
- Housing: April 5 & 24
- Public safety: April 16 & May 21
- Economic development: April 22 & 23
Last updated Jun 17, 2019