During the spring and summer of 2016 Meyer Memorial Trust (Meyer), the largest private foundation in Oregon, partnered with Oregon’s Kitchen Table to conduct an online consultation and a series of regional listening sessions to engage Oregonians from across the state to assist Meyer in developing investment strategies for increasing educational equity in Oregon.
Meyer’s new Equitable Education portfolio is aiming to focus its investments in order to maximize outcomes for students facing historic challenges: students of color, low income students and first-generation students. In early 2017, Meyer will begin inviting organizations to submit proposals on educational equity, and the input from the consultation through Oregon’s Kitchen Table is being used to inform Meyer’s strategy for future investments.
Over 1,000 Oregonians participated in the online consultation, which asked participants a series of questions about emerging priorities, key developmental measures that help protect youth’s academic and social success, and goal setting for how Meyer should measure its success in this area. In addition, OKT conducted a series of listening sessions with over 100 Oregonians in different regions of the state for community members to gather in person and discuss the issues raised in the online consultation and provide their input to Meyer. These listening sessions were focused primarily on communities of color in those different regions.
On June 3, 2016, a 96-car train carrying nearly three million gallons of Bakken Crude Oil derailed in downtown Mosier, Oregon. Sixteen cars left the tracks, and four tank cars caught fire. About 47,000 gallons spilled into the air, the ground, the ground water, the Columbia River, and the City’s waste-water treatment plant. After the immediate emergency response and basic clean up, the City, the Fire District, and the School Foundation came together to form Team Mosier. Team Mosier is negotiating with representatives of Union Pacific Railroad to seek an agreement on what Union Pacific will do to correct the problems that the spill created, to reduce the possibilities that similar events will occur in the future, and to improve the ability of the community to respond to potential future events. Team Mosier generated a potential list of projects that meet those criteria and will contribute to community resiliency.
In September 2016, Team Mosier collaborated with Oregon’s Kitchen Table to design and facilitate a community workshop on the completeness of the list and on community priorities amongst the projects on the list. View the results of the public workshop in Team Mosier's full report.
The City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services (the City), in partnership with Oregon’s Kitchen Table (OKT), conducted an online consultation with Portland residents in March 2016 to better understand their opinions and values regarding cleanup of the Portland Harbor Superfund site in the Willamette River north of downtown Portland. Once the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces its preferred cleanup plan, there will be a 60 day comment period where any member of the public has the opportunity to provide comments to EPA about the proposed plan. The City of Portland sought feedback from Portlanders to help inform the City’s preparation of comments to the EPA. The OKT consultation provided some background and asked a series of questions about Portlanders’ values and priorities regarding the river and the cleanup.
A total of 2,704 residents (including 67 via paper) responded to the survey. In addition, the International Refugee Center of Oregon (IRCO) provided OKT with summaries from three culturally specific community discussions with members of the Slavic community, the Asian / Pacific Islander community, and the community of African immigrants and refugees. A summary of these discussions is included as an appendix to this report.
From October 26th – December 7th, the South Wasco County Alliance, Rural Fire Foundation, Wamic Boating Access Improvement Committee and Wasco County invited individuals who recreate, live, or own property in South Wasco County to give input on recreation in the region. The consultation instrument was developed by Oregon’s Kitchen Table (OKT) in collaboration with South Wasco County Parks and Recreation Group. A total of 289 respondents took part in the consultation across 81 unique zip codes. Results from this consultation will help inform Wasco County of the priorities and values around recreation in the region.
Josephine Community Libraries, in partnership with Oregon’s Kitchen Table, conducted an online consultation with Josephine County residents in June 2015 to better understand their opinions and values on updating the libraries’ children’s spaces, including materials, furnishings and setting. The results will be used to help inform a redesign of the children’s libraries in Grants Pass and Illinois Valley.
From April to mid-May, Portland Public Schools (PPS) invited staff, students, parents and the wider district population over the age of 13 to participate in the PPS 2025 survey using both online and paper versions. The survey questionnaire was developed by Oregon’s Kitchen Table (OKT) with selected District staff and PPS’ District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee (DBRAC). PPS developed the distribution strategy, which differed by school. A total of 4,099 respondents took part in the survey. For online distribution, the survey was made available to OKT’s entire membership in the PPS district (targeted by zip codes), as well as through PPS’ social media and email lists. Paper copies were made available to all schools district. PPS and OKT contracted and partnered with community organizations (Latino Network, Self Enhancement Inc., IRCO: Asian Family Center, IRCO: Africa House, Hacienda CDC, Russian Oregon Social Services, Muslim Education Trust, Oregon Community Health Worker Association, Urban League, Association of Slavic Immigrants, Slavic Community Center, New Portlanders Advisory Council, El Programa Hispano), to improve participation particularly among historically underrepresented groups. Distribution of hard copies was also achieved through community engagement events. Surveys were made available online and in paper in all six of the District’s supported languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali, Russian, and Mandarin/Chinese.
In winter 2015, Portland Public Schools (PPS) surveyed parents and guardians of PPS students across the district with the assistance of Oregon’s Kitchen Table and DHM Research. A total of 6,074 parents and guardians completed the survey. The survey questionnaire was developed by PPS with assistance from community-based organizations and selected District staff. In consultation with Oregon’s Kitchen Table, PPS developed an outreach campaign to reach the greatest number of parents via District schools and the District’s Community Engagement staff.
In December 2014, the Oregon Department of Education in partnership with Oregon’s Kitchen Table conducted an online consultation with key stakeholders across the state of Oregon. The consultation was conducted to help inform the efforts of the state’s Early Learning Hubs, which are working across the state to make resources and supports more available, more accessible and more effective for children and families that have historically been overrepresented in the opportunity gap and underrepresented in services.
Oregon state government is moving from a system where local communities adjust priorities to fit within existing bureaucratic structures to one where government adjusts its structure to support and address local priorities. In an October 2013 consultation, the State of Oregon invited members of Oregon's Kitchen Table to identify barriers to better alignment of local and state programs and then asked you to envision a new system. Members who took part in the consultation were then given the opportunity to engage further in the alignment process and were invited to participate in in-person events held across the state's five regions during December 2014. We'll be following up with another consultation based on what we've learned from this one.
During the summer of 2013 the Friends of Gateway Green asked for public input and support to help turn an overlooked parcel of land in East Portland into a vibrant, off-road bike park in a gateway to the region. Residents from the Portland metro area took their seats at the Kitchen Table to weigh in on design features.
During the spring of 2013 Oregon's Kitchen Table served as the home for all Oregonians to take part in the state's 2013 Values and Beliefs survey. The Oregon Values and Beliefs Sponsors – Oregon Community Foundation Oregon Public Broadcasting, Oregon State University, Oregon Health & Science University, and DHM Research – asked you all at Oregon's Kitchen Table to share your opinions about some of Oregon's most pressing decisions — from health and health care to jobs and the economy. The information that you provided is being reported back to policy-makers and the public in an impartial and non-partisan way and will be part of the state's decision making landscape for years to come. Visit the Oregon Values & Beliefs Project to find out more.
Oregon's Kitchen Table was invited to Curry County during the fall of 2012 by local residents and leaders in order engage residents in the issues related to county services. Between November 9 and December 21, 2012, Curry County residents were invited to participate in a consultation focused on county services and funding.
We're going to send the results out in three sections, giving you a chance to digest them and comment (write to firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your comments).
For each question, you'll see two columns of responses–one for Oregon's Kitchen Table and one for "Representative Statewide Sample." All that means is we ran the consultation twice -- once with everyone who took a seat at the table and once with a randomly selected representative sample of Oregonians. We're trying to check how well everyone at the table represents the full breadth of Oregonians' opinions.