NeighborhoodStat is a process that brings together neighbors, community organizations, and agencies to support safer, more vibrant communities.
NeighborhoodStat, developed by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, serves as the operational and organizational centerpiece of MAP. It is a community-based, problem-solving process grounded in the belief that public safety cannot exist without the public. It is an acknowledgment that safe and thriving neighborhoods require resident leadership, community and government support, and resources to produce sustainable change. To that end, NeighborhoodStat employs a series of local meetings that engage residents and MAP partners in sharing, analyzing and using data to identify public safety priorities and the implementation of solutions. These meetings, and the information they generate, are an important part of MAP’s strategy to enhance accountability by providing local residents and stakeholders with considerable resources and access to key decisionmakers.
NeighborhoodStat is implemented in partnership with the Center for Court Innovation (CCI), Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement and Southside United – Los Sures. Our flagship community partners have long histories of working to support people of color and the neighborhoods in which they live. As a result, they provide valuable insights that inform the development of the NeighborhoodStat process. In addition, these organizations work with MOCJ to identify MAP Engagement Coordinators (MECs) who are central to the NeighborhoodStat process. The MECs, who are hired and trained by CCI, Jacob A. Riis Settlement and Los Sures, are responsible for identifying resident stakeholders and developing relationships and partnerships at each site. The MECs facilitate teams of residents and partners that meet regularly to identify public safety concerns, share data, create action plans and implement collaborative solutions. By the end of October 2019, 353 residents took leadership roles in the NeighborhoodStat process by becoming members of the MAP stakeholder teams.
The NeighborhoodStat Process
Residents and their MECs work together weekly to develop community safety priorities for the developments. At Local NeighborhoodStat meetings, which take place onsite at the development, resident stakeholders, agency partners and community partners have an opportunity to engage residents at-large in the problem solving process and get feedback on the priorities the resident team members have chosen. Residents learn about the MAP initiative and are introduced to the variety of ways that they can participate in this local effort, including generating solutions and voting on how to spend up to $30,000 for projects and events that they think will increase safety at the development.
The information generated during Local NeighborhoodStat is used to inform the administrative-level Central NeighborhoodStat. Once each year, borough-wide Central NeighborhoodStat meetings are attended by senior executives from City agencies and MAP residents to provide resident stakeholder teams with opportunities to escalate issues that cannot be resolved locally. These meetings serve as an opportunity for the stakeholder teams to present their priorities to City agency leaders and for the agencies in attendance to collaborate in the development of their responses. Central NeighborhoodStat meetings ensure that City executives remain aware of resource gaps, crime and quality-of-life conditions within their areas of responsibility.
Local NeighborhoodStat 2019
For over a year, teams of residents from each MAP development have been meeting with neighbors, city agencies, and community-based organizations to prioritize the safety issues most important to their development. These teams are at the heart of NeighborhoodStat and in 2019 they led a participatory budgeting process in which residents were invited to submit their own ideas to strengthen safety and build community through built environment projects and/or social programming. NeighborhoodStat teams engaged 1,600 people citywide at their local launch events and collected over 6,100 idea cards citywide in 6 weeks.
Teams then gathered these submissions for a wider Make Your Voice Count campaign in which all MAP residents could select their top project idea to receive $30,000 in committed funding from the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.. Twelve developments are actively announcing winning projects and have engaged over 15% of their neighbors (over 9,200 ballots collected) in the process! Red Hook, Queensbridge and Stapleton Houses continue to lead their Make Your Voice Count campaigns electronically. To learn about selected projects or to participate in your development’s ongoing campaign, visit the development’s community page here or contact the development’s MAP Engagement Coordinator.
Adapting and Responding to COVID-19
During the COVID-19 emergency, New York’s most underserved neighborhoods and residents have been more vulnerable to the current health crisis, compounded by systemic inequity as it relates to health, safety, and economic opportunity. MAP was able to immediately activate the robust community networks that grew from years of engagement to identify and address the immediate needs of residents.
MAP partners, including CCI, the Department for the Aging (DFTA), and the Human Resources Administration (HRA), are conducting needs assessments of participating residents and are connecting New Yorkers to critical resources including food, healthcare, and public benefits. Our teams are currently building a digital network to stay connected to one another during this time and to develop platforms to reimagine digital public space, co-create safety responses, support community building, and convene city agencies to leverage resources and collaboratively solve local problems.