Over the last ten years, Corporate F.A.C.T.S. helped LISC design and implement their Building Sustainable Communities (BSC’s) initiative to create stakeholder driven Quality of Life (QOL) plans in cities across the U.S. These plans embraced the concepts of comprehensive community development aligning resources and neighborhood capacity with resident identified priorities to create realistic strategies.
Diverse stakeholder participation was essential for creating a sustainable plan that would be implemented and supported by those involved in the planning process. C-FACTS facilitated stakeholder visioning sessions, surveys, focus groups and interviews with residents and community-based organizations from targeted neighborhoods. The planning also included civic, philanthropic, public and business leaders that finance community development to ensure plans had the resources necessary for implementation. The vision and ideas from the civic engagement work lay the foundation for the QOL plans C-FACTS created in partnership with neighborhood leaders.
To further support the planning process, C-FACTS developed capacity building strategies for BSC organizations to implement the QOL plans. The capacity building initiatives focused on leadership development, communications, cross neighborhood collaborations, public policy and financial sustainability. All the strategies were informed through data analysis and availability of resources to implement plans.