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Community Beam to enable community collaboration

Beam Project Type: Tooling     Project in Available Phase

Many best-practiced communities have implemented community web-based dashboards to provide a "read-out" of the health and wellness metrics of the community. DMCC's website is a push technology and not so much as social, collaborative virtual teaming site. Olmsted County, Mayo, OMG (and others) have just completed a community health study and published a report. We should go further and have a plan to be more agile and responsive in changing statistics by implementing a dashboard.

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Detailed Description

Implement for the Rochester area a "Community Dashboard" as depicted in the following conceptual diagram.  


Conceptual Phase:

Work with leading private/public/social organizations to obtain buy-in on a Community Dashboard notion. 

Prototype a website to demo. the usefulness. 

Point out existing dashboards (MN state, Compass, and others) as proof point of the need and value.



Level 1: Best Practice ; Business Process ; Children & Youth ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Education ; Technology Enablement

Level 2: Business Process ; Technology Enablement

DMC: Commercial Research & Technology

Community Health:


A community  that knows its priorities for more informed prevention or remediation investments.

Indicators (What are some of the signs that progress is being made?)

Percentage of social programs that are aligned to top community needs.



Metrics (What are actually being measured by the project?)

Number of visits

Accuracy of information

Surveys of users

Highlight Activities


MN Compass presentation and discussions with CNG core team


CNG steering committee is organizing a larger conversation on partnering with Minnesota Compass to build a Rochester-area dashboard. See CNG steering committee meeting summary


1. CNG meeting with MN Compass. Potential to collaborate. Compass has state wide datasource and visualization for Olmsted County.

2. Need to differentiate what MNC does and what use cases dmcbeam can offer. Don't what to duplicate each other's work and drive unnecessary wedge

3. Will do a "portal" for Diversity and Inclusion first since it has a lot of use cases and is being requested by J2G's D&I Committee per Duane Salke.

Status Reports Related PlanScape Status on: Best Practice, Business Process, Children & Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, Education, Technology Enablement

September 10, 2017 MN Department of Education education data analysis

Great opportunity to get connected with deeper data collection and analysis on education outcomes. 

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May 21, 2016 Community Beam presentation to Collaborative Leadership Fellow gave a presentation on Community Beam, a community assets portal, to CLF on May 20, 2016.

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October 04, 2015 Community Dashboard Status

I am aware that the various anchor initiatives in Rochester have similar goals and that the organizations/teams driving these initiatives have great intention to collaborate.  I am also familiar with the difficulty of teaming and collaboration. That's why alignment of goals, indicators, strategies and measurements is highly valued in best-practices such as Lean 6 Sigma.  While leaders of the various organizations and projects have publicly declared their commitment and intentions to collaborate and to align goals, efforts and measurements.  Beyond the rhetoric, where is the "beef"?

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March 14, 2018: CNG Steering Committee working on 2018 Compass Points

 CNG Steering Committee is working on the next version of Rochester/Olmsted County Compass report.

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March 12, 2018: Olmsted County, MN Community Health Improvement 1Q 2018 and 3Q 2017 Status

March 2018 Status; September News 2017 (Including September meeting agenda and June meeting minutes).

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March 09, 2018: RPS meeting with Moms Demand Action

RPS and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense are planning a dialog between the two groups. This is an opportunity to broaden the conversation to other efforts to address school safety.

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March 06, 2018: Help the Y Build a Better Us!

2018 Rochester Area Family Y "Build a Better Us" fundraising campaign. 

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March 01, 2018: Mediation & Conflict Solutions Updates by Post Bulletin

2018-03-01 PB story on MCS: "Looking for help with a conflict?

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February 22, 2018: Cradle to Career 2018 Launch Feb 22, 2018 Meeting

At the February 22 meeting, the following information was shared. 

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February 17, 2018: 2018 Discipline Data Update - Information

At the 2/6/2018 School Board Meeting the following was presented as a comparison of office referrals from first semester 2016-2017 and first semester 2017-2018 examining District, building, and student data.  Building Principals will also discuss behavior- related supports provided in their respective buildings.

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January 28, 2018: Projects Status

We are forming and expanding a team to help area non-profits to better utilize their IT infrastructure.

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January 12, 2018: Winona State Rochester: Business, Leadership, and Education

Winona State University – Rochester (WSU-R) and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Business, Leadership, and Education Open House Jan. 18, 2018

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January 10, 2018: Greater Rochester Non-Profit Partners (GRNPP) Formal Alliance Proposal

A number of members of the Greater Rochester Non-Profit Partners (GRNPP) are proposing a formal alliance framework.

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December 24, 2017: Rochester A City of Compassion Steering Committee 2017 Status Report

Year end report on status and what to look forward to ...  "as Mary Alessio of the Locks of Compassion Project declares “Compassion is rippling throughout our community”

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December 12, 2017: November 2017 DMC Dashboard

YE 2017 DMC Metrics per Nov. 2, 2017 DMCC Board Meeting.

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November 27, 2017: World's Best Workforce Plan goals not met

Slow progress. 5 Goals not met:  All children are ready for kindergarten, Third-grade literacy, Close all academic achievement gaps, Have all high school graduates career and college ready, Graduate all students from HS

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October 16, 2017: In the Shadow of Growth Forum: Pathways to Prosperity and Well-being

At the October 5 C4G forum, Paul Flesinner talked about a national pilot project to stop generational poverty and what we need to do within the current system to accomplish this now.

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  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that Cbeam will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community, Cbeam's distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevancies with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements.

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. Cbeam could be an interesting first step.

The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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