2016 Goals

DEPSA 2016


All of the Foundation’s investments are strategically targeted to help achieve the Mega Goal of improving high school graduation rates to 90 percent. We also track a set of detailed goals that link to each of our program areas — the 2016 Goals.

These goals were first established using a two-year community planning process that launched in conjunction with the Good Neighborhoods Initiative in 2006. That process engaged residents from six targeted neighborhoods to ensure that goals centered on what the communities wanted to see achieved by 2016. The goals have been updated periodically, with resident and youth input, refining the Foundation’s work and strategies.

See the most recent version of the goals by downloading a PDF version here.

Progress made toward 2016 goals

We have experienced great pride - as well as great sorrow - while working with our community over the past decade. Since setting course on a 10-year neighborhood strategy in 2006, conditions in Detroit grew significantly worse. The collapse of civic infrastructure, economic recession, foreclosure crisis, disorder in the educational landscape, and the largest municipal bankruptcy in history have had a major toll on the city, its neighborhoods and its residents. In spite of these significant challenges, movement has been made toward the 2016 Goals, improving conditions for more than 61,000 children in the Foundation’s target neighborhoods.

While some successes can be seen and celebrated, it is learning from the failures that we expect will be most valuable for the Foundation and the field as we move forward.

Our 2015 review of progress made toward our goals reveals that there are strong platforms that can be leveraged to grow community change efforts. However, there are also significant challenges, particularly in schools, housing and nonprofit sustainability.

See an overview of the current progress* made toward our 2016 Goals

*This update of the 2016 goals is not a final reporting on outcomes of the 10-year Good Neighborhoods/Good Schools Initiative. Rather it is an accounting of progress toward our performance measures. In 2016, the Foundation will produce a thorough analytic review with the help of national and local research experts. We look forward to sharing and learning from these findings.

Grant Partner Data Walk

In April 2016, grant partners were invited on a "data walk" to review progress made toward some of the high-level 2016 goals, providing feedback and insight to the Foundation. View the information presented in the data walk here.

Thank you to our research partners 

The following partners have gathered and analyzed information to produce the data included in our 2016 Goals review: 

• Data Driven Detroit 
• Excellent Schools Detroit
• Institute for Research and Reform in Education
• Learning for Action
• University of Michigan Curtis Center
• Wayne State University’s Center for Urban Studies and School of Social Work