Phase 5: Chicago, IL Vignette
Goals and Strategies
The strategy development process was designed to identify broad action areas that would best address the strategic issues identified by the Chicago Partnership at its October meeting. Strategies were developed during a three-hour meeting in November 1999. Working initially in two smaller groups, facilitated by project staff, partnership members engaged in a brainstorming exercise to identify preliminary strategies that would address at least one or more of the six strategic issues.
Each member was given six blank index cards and asked to write down what they viewed as the most important strategies. Then, using a round-robin approach, members took turns reading a priority strategy as staff then taped the cards to the wall. During this process, members were allowed only to raise issues of clarification.
Once all of the suggested strategies had been placed on the wall, members discussed, consolidated, and then organized the strategies into logical clusters. When the two groups had each completed this exercise, the larger partnership reconvened and considered all of the strategies together. At this point, further consolidation occurred.
Throughout the strategy development process, members were asked to consider their proposed strategies against the following set of PEARL criteria:
At the meeting's conclusion, the partnership had identified a set of 20 strategies organized into the following seven action areas:
The strategies in these areas would serve as the basis for the partnership's priority-setting and more specific action-planning activities.