STRATEGIC PLAN ON IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE INTEGRATION

PROCESS & METHODOLOGY

Community Engagement

  1. Kickoff Summit convened over 300 community leaders and stakeholders from across the region to brainstorm ideas and solutions. (February 2018)
  2. New American Economy produced data report on economic and demographic snapshot of immigrants and refugees in San Diego. (February 2018)
  3. Seven community forums convened hundreds of community members to discuss immigrants’ and refugees’ aspirations, barriers to success and solutions. (March-June 2018)
  4. Online comments and feedback period. (January-September 2018)
  5. Attitudinal survey of immigrants was designed and piloted for community. (as of October 2018, not enough respondents to show results; to be continued)
  6. Steering Committee members sought feedback from dozens of respective stakeholder groups (staff, clients, members, boards, constituents). (June-December 2018)

Analysis and Drafting

  1. All community input was transcribed and analyzed to identify emerging themes and frequency of ideas and concerns. (July 2018)
  2. Steering Committee members reviewed immigrant integration plans from peer cities:
    • Aurora, CO
    • Chicago, IL
    • Houston, TX
    • San Jose, CA
  3. Steering Committee members examined structures for immigrant affairs offices in:
    • Atlanta, GA
    • Boston, MA
    • Los Angeles, CA
    • New York, NY
    • Seattle, WA
    • San Francisco, CA
  4. Steering Committee reviewed literature of local approaches to immigrant integration through consultation with academic partners, researchers and immigrant-serving organizations. (June-September 2018)
  5. Steering Committee members formed focus area teams to analyze data, ideas and draft recommendations. (July 2018)
  6. Partner organizations (50+) provided edits and suggestions. (August-December 2018)

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