Online Network Platform (ONP)
The Minnesota River Congress sees the need for an informal, but structured setting where diverse organizations and interested citizens can collaborate to improve the river basin’s future.
This Online Network Platform will be created using a 4-Step process. MRC participants in the collaboration will provide the input and substance for the Platform.
This is an “engage-design-build” or a so-called “strategic doing” approach to develop an Online Network Platform. Each step in the build process requires a certain level of engagement prior to progressing to the next step. In this way, stakeholders will gain access to and ownership in the process and potential funders can be assured a certain level of support exists prior to funding.
Online Network Platform technology has been available for 10 years, but this MRC ONP will be the first application as a river basin platform in the nation.
To ensure the MRC ONP will be the first and best, the MRC is proposing a four-step process for stakeholder input and buy-in to occur as each of the four steps are taken.
The four-step process includes:
“River Community Actors” take a 5-question survey to identify their issue types and needs. [Milestone – 250 individual]
Individuals and organization take a 10-minute survey to find out what their “governance personality” is a Milestone – 300 individual surveys]
MRC stakeholders design a “Collaboration Template” based on 9 objectives of the MRC.
The “Project Collaboration Template” is connected to GIS Layers so organizations can search and locate partners, communicate, and interact based on interests in geography and objectives.
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