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Blueprint for Equitable Engagement

The City of Minneapolis is growing and becoming more diverse, requiring expanding and creative practices of inclusive participation and community engagement. To eliminate inequities, the City and community must work together to create a city that provides abundant opportunities for everyone.

The Blueprint for Equitable Engagement was adopted by the City Council in May 2016 and is a five year plan to ensure an innovative and equitable engagement system for the City of Minneapolis. The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department uses the plan as a roadmap to better achieve the department’s mission, “Engaging Communities for a Better Minneapolis” and the City’s One Minneapolis goal, “Disparities are eliminated so all Minneapolis residents can participate and prosper”.

Final Blueprint for Equitable Engagement Document

Our Results Dashboard

The Blueprint includes five multi-pronged strategies for promoting and increasing participation, and relies on a data-driven approach to track progress toward this goal. The Blueprint Dashboard is the result of this data driven approach and highlights the accomplishments of some of NCR’s key projects and programs. The data is used to measure the department’s progress on the five blueprint strategies, while also identifying areas of opportunity.

If you have trouble viewing the dashboard on this page it can also be found here.


Focus group discussions:

The Blueprint For Equitable Engagement is being developed in accordance to the City’s adopted Core Principles of Engagement. The Blueprint is being developed with an engagement strategy that utilizes both internal and community expertise. Continued development of the Blueprint will include community dialogue to inform strategy and tactics, while expanding partnerships in this area of work. The following is a list of upcoming focus groups discussions. Additional focus groups may be added after completing the following:

Themes: Hundreds of comments and notes were taken at the aforementioned Focus Group Discussions. Listed below are the general themes that emerged from all of the conversations:

Baseline Data

Boards and Commission Diversity Survey: Boards and commissions represent a key component of community engagement activities in regard to City actions and decision making. Every two years, the NCR department survey's members of our boards and commissions to measure progress.

2015 Neighborhood Board Diversity Survey Report: The 2015 Neighborhood Organization Board Diversity Survey is the first survey conducted by NCR to examine the demographic makeup of neighborhood organization boards. The survey design and analysis is intended to (1) create a baseline and characterize as accurately as possible the current makeup of neighborhood organization boards, (2) provide a basis for recommendations, (3) identify possible questions for further study.


Last updated Oct 31, 2018



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