Process

Volunteers wanted the regional 10-year vision and action plan Project Wichita process to include big discussions from as many people as possible. So Wichita State University's (WSU) Public Policy and Management Center team built a custom process for gathering input across the region. The process includes focus groups with individuals and organizations, gathering feedback at diverse community events, online surveys and robust social media engagement.

Over the past year the Project Wichita process has featured three main phases: Listen, Focus and Share

 
Spring/Summer 2018    Host focus groups, community listening events, launch online survey, social media   During the Listen phase of the process, WSU conducted traditional and non-traditional focus groups across the region gathering broad ideas and feedback on what is important to the community. Based on the key themes and topics identified by the focus groups, WSU created an online survey to be shared with the regional community asking for opinions and priorities on those topics.

Spring/Summer 2018

Host focus groups, community listening events, launch online survey, social media

During the Listen phase of the process, WSU conducted traditional and non-traditional focus groups across the region gathering broad ideas and feedback on what is important to the community. Based on the key themes and topics identified by the focus groups, WSU created an online survey to be shared with the regional community asking for opinions and priorities on those topics.

Summer/Fall 2018    Research existing data and plans, conduct interviews   During the Focus phase of the process, research and community findings were analyzed for trends and patterns. Those findings were discussed by the Vision Team – a group charged with shepherding the Project Wichita plan – in order to build work teams. These work teams identified and reviewed priorities driven by community feedback and worked with subject experts and those affected to help build an action plan.

Summer/Fall 2018

Research existing data and plans, conduct interviews

During the Focus phase of the process, research and community findings were analyzed for trends and patterns. Those findings were discussed by the Vision Team – a group charged with shepherding the Project Wichita plan – in order to build work teams. These work teams identified and reviewed priorities driven by community feedback and worked with subject experts and those affected to help build an action plan.

Fall 2018/Winter 2019    Report community vision, priorities and action plan   During the Share phase of the process, WSU and the Vision Team shared final results and recommendations with the community including regional vision and priorities. The Community Report was publicized in January 2019. In addition to a regional vision, the community engagement process produced action plans focused on the next 10 years.

Fall 2018/Winter 2019

Report community vision, priorities and action plan

During the Share phase of the process, WSU and the Vision Team shared final results and recommendations with the community including regional vision and priorities. The Community Report was publicized in January 2019. In addition to a regional vision, the community engagement process produced action plans focused on the next 10 years.

 

The Project Wichita community engagement process is funded and shepherded by organizations and businesses called the Vision Team. View the full list.