Flexibility was an important and useful lesson
for the visionPDX team. As previously, the initial
engagement phase was extended by one month to ensure
that the outreach would be thorough and would reach
Data Analysis Process
Another revision to the timeline was required once
the data was coded and returned from PSUís Survey
Research Lab. The 21,000+ pages of data were understandably
daunting to the 35 Data Analysis Work Group members,
and the process that was initially thought to take
two weeks before the holiday season in December
2006 was extended through January.
The timeline revision was required in order to
allow our volunteers to spend additional hours reviewing
what they had read, and ensuring that the volunteers
had ample time to come together again and agree
as a group on community values and tension points
or disagreements in the data.
In the end, this process was one of the most rewarding
for many of the Vision Committee members and volunteers,
because they were allowed to be stewards of a rich
community input process, and the analysis process
itself was flexible enough to keep the focus where
it needed to beóon the people who had taken the
time to weigh in on Portlandís vision for the future.
Throughout our outreach work, we heard many groups
and individuals tell us that the short conversation
to fill out a survey was not good enough to truly
involve people and get them committed to a project.
People told us time and again that long-term relationships
and continued consultation and involvement were
the real first steps to community governance.
In response, visionPDX committed to come back out
to the community before we took the vision to City
Council. Initially, the outreach phase was envisioned
to last only two weeks. We had learned from the
outreach in 2006 that interactive discussions are
the most rewarding for people, and also give rise
to informative data.
visionPDX staff and volunteers held seven open
houses at neighborhood coalition offices and 26
small group discussions with community organizationsí
members, staffs and boards. Because of the ongoing
interest in connecting with visionPDX, the engagement
period was extended to two months. This flexibility
allowed us to build relationships with many more
organizations and agencies than our short timeline
would have allowed, and increased interest in and
ownership of our product.
from a visionPDX discussion are captured in Spanish.
Drafting Committee members discuss Economic Portland.
Banner for a neighborhood
T-Horse gathering, organized by City Repair through
their visionPDX grant.