connect / 2015

The Community Engagement Initiative

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by Operations-South Bureau Community Stakeholder Collaboration

The Community Engagement Initiative is a comprehensive Community Engagement Program with the vision that local government is responsive to the needs of the residents and Angelenos are contributing members to their community. It is an "evidence based practice" that examines existing evidence based community engagement strategies and assesses how existing community resources, services and programs are being utilized to coordinate these services in an effective and efficient manner.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • Central LA
  • South LA
  • Westside
  • South Bay
  • City of Los Angeles
  • LAUSD

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Mobilize for systems change
  • Implement and track policy

How will your proposal improve the following “Connect” metrics?

  • Rates of volunteerism
  • Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support
  • Attendance at cultural events
  • Participation in neighborhood councils
  • Percentage of Angelenos that volunteer informally (Dream Metric)
  • Government responsiveness to residents’ needs (Dream Metric)
  • Total number of local social media friends and connections (Dream Metric)
  • Attendance at public/open streets gatherings (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to connect.

The Community Engagement Initiative is a comprehensive Community Engagement Program with the vision that local government is responsive to the needs of the residents and Angelenos are contributing members to their community.

To make our vision of LA in 2050 a reality, the Operations-South Bureau Community Stakeholder Collaboration will host a series of 20 community Town Hall Meetings, Public Gathering Cultural Events and Community Resource Fairs which will provide opportunity and tools for Angelenos to engage and interact with other Angelenos.

Town Hall Meetings featuring a panel of local government decision makers will open the lines of communication facilitating the easy flow of people and ideas and give Angelenos a platform to express their needs and critique government’s responsiveness to their needs.

As a result, there is expected to be an increased interest in volunteerism, a peeked interest in Neighborhood Councils, a positive change in our region’s voting rate, and the government’s responsiveness to the needs of residents.

Public Gatherings/Street Fairs/Cultural Events by providing an opportunity for Angelenos to engage we are instilling a sense of community and providing a place for members to belong.

As a result, there is expected to be an increase in social media friends, and increased use of transit and an increase in adult social and emotional support.

Community Resource Fairs bringing government to the community places the community on a fair playing ground. By making quality of life and community resources available the community is being empowered to contribute meaningfully to the civic life process.

As a result, there is expected to be an increase in volunteerism, the use of transit and the tools to build a better future.

This is an “evidence based practice” that examines existing evidence based community engagement strategies and assesses how existing community resources, services and programs are being utilized to coordinate these services in an effective and efficient manner.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

A summative evaluation will be conducted to document the results of the program. Specific goals of the program will be identified and the degree of accomplishment of those goals documented.

The results will point to changes that should be made in the program in order to improve it in subsequent implementations.

The results will specify program status and conditions for accountability purposes.

The results will also be used as a needs assessment for the subsequent planning of changes in a program to the introduction of new programs and interventions.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Education/training
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support