The development of HopkinsLocal goals starts with determining the desired community impact. From there, teams of university leaders and area experts take a number of steps:
- Set baselines: review data to understand current expenditures and hiring
- Review resources and opportunities:
- Review spending and determine what is and is not addressable, i.e. could be supplied by the local market
- Review hiring trends to date, determine best job types given demographics of the focus area zip codes, i.e. generally higher levels of poverty, lower educational attainment, shorter job histories
- Understand staff resources and work assignments
- Understand community resources to help support goal achievement
- Set goals: choose ones that are a stretch, but within reason
- Determine metrics for evaluation of progress on goals, such as the number of hires or the amount of money spent.
- Gather data, such as demographics, returning citizen hires, minority supplier certifications, wage data, position type, and others.