In fall 2016, BECDD responded to feedback and organized five Design Subcommittees that "mixed" representatives from each Kitchen Cabinet to put forth recommendations for each design system element for an ideal community development system in Detroit.

The Design Subcommittees met from September to mid-October with an average of 11 organization reps per Subcommittee. The Design Subcommittees were:

  • Research & Development
  • Certification & Capacity Building
  • Credentialing & Career Tracks
  • Philanthropy & City Engagement
  • Oversight, Advocacy & Relationships

The largest stakeholder groups participating in the Design Subcommittees were Capacity Builders (17), followed by Practitioners (11); then Academia (7), Funders (6), City Government (5), Civic Institutions (3), Social Entrepreneurs (3) and Grass Roots (2).

Out of these meetings, a "picture" of how the whole system could look, emerged. That picture was shared with most of the Design Subcommittees, at each of their second meetings.

An important development that surfaced out of this process came from the Certification/Capacity Builders Design Subcommittee. They proposed that instead of focusing on a Certification process for CDOs, we look to certify the "5 Roles" or functions of community development - a) Facilitation/Convening, b) Resident Engagement/Empowerment, c) Economic Development, d) Resident Support and e) Planning/Advocacy, while requiring a CDO to take the role of Facilitator/Convener. This resulted in a revamping of the "Community Development" Definitions document, and a recognition that the capacity building system would need to be revamped.

A second important theme came from the Research & Development Subcommittee which created a Vision Statement for Neighborhoods and recommended one over-aching Neighborhood Success Measure: Social Cohesion, as well as a set of neighborhood success measures in four categories that could be applied to any neighborhood.