In late 2020 - in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, racial justice uprisings, and internal transitions - the Phillips West Neighborhood Organization (PWNO) decided to take on a strategic planning process to reevaluate its work. The basis of this process was recommitting to a vision for where PWNO’s work is rooted in the expressed needs and desires of those who live, work, and go to school in the Phillips West neighborhood. The Phillips West Community Survey was the cornerstone of this commitment. Starting in February 2021, a group of six Phillips West residents convened bimonthly as a Strategic Planning Committee to bring this survey to life, working both with PWNO staff and collaborators at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). This resident-led committee co-designed the survey, offered guidance for its distribution, and pointed to important questions for evaluation.
Looking towards 2022, PWNO will use the results of this survey both as an informational and an engagement tool. With respect to the former, the survey will directly inform recommended goals and strategies for the organization in the coming years. In pursuit of the latter, PWNO will use survey results as a launch point to engage residents in some of the most important - and contentious - issues they face such as safety, housing, and food access.