Category Archives: Innovative Initiatives

Dallas County Publishes FY2021 Objectives and Key Results Third Quarter Update

This month, staff submitted the quarter 3 status of the FY2021 Objectives and Key Results to the Continuous Improvement Steering Committee. The OKR Program engages all county departments and encompasses “objectives,” which are broad-based and describe a particular area of focus and desired outcome, and “key results,” which demonstrate precisely how to arrive at and further the objectives. Reports are

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Dallas County Commissioners Court awards three New Directions in Public Safety Grants

Yesterday, the Dallas County Commissioners Court approved of three New Directions in Public Safety Grant Program awards totaling $3 million. The City of DeSoto was awarded $1,893,654, the City of Rowlett received $206,346 and southeast Dallas County cities were awarded $900,000 in funds to support these cities’ efforts to implement strategies to reduce police intervention in certain mental health, substance abuse and homeless

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Dallas County Publishes FY2021 Objectives and Key Results Quarterly Update Report

This month, Dallas County published a Key Results Quarterly Update Report as part of its FY2021 Objectives and Key Results (OKR) Program. According to county leaders, the OKR Program is a comprehensive and balanced approach to strategy-objective identification and is intended to further organizational improvement by:  Ensuring that financial, technology, workforce and business process needs are supported to achieve departments’ key results.  Setting timetables for

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Dallas County solicits applications for New Directions in Public Safety Grant Program

This week, Dallas County opened an online portal through which Dallas County cities and groups of cities may submit applications for grant funding to support their implementation of alternative response models aimed at reducing police intervention during 911 calls in the areas of mental health, substance abuse and homelessness. This New Directions in Public Safety Grant Program is one initiative launched as part of

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Racial Equity Task Force Subcommittees Outline Initiatives Underway

Dallas County’s Racial Equity Task Force is comprised of six subcommittees led by directors of departments and employees dedicated to achieving racial equity in Dallas County. The subcommittees met for the first time in October and will continue to meet monthly to evaluate existing county initiatives and discuss ideas to achieve more equitable outcomes for Dallas County employees and constituents.  The six

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Funding approved for Dallas County’s five New Directions for Public Safety & Positive Community Change Initiatives

Today, the Dallas County Commissioners Court unanimously approved of County Administrator Darryl Martin’s request for $5 million in funding to support Dallas County’s proposed New Directions for Public Safety & Positive Community Change Initiatives: 1. Complete the Deflection Center at Homeward Bound ($1 million). Modeled after the Ed Emmett Center in Harris County, this is a proposed partnership with the North Texas Behavioral

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Dallas County establishes Working Group on New Directions for Public Safety & Positive Community Change

On May 30, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins requested a meeting with local faith leaders, representatives from a variety of community organizations, Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax and others to discuss what could be done in Dallas County to address citizens’ heightened concerns about police brutality and equality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Following

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Dallas County Launches Racial Equity Task Force

On June 16, the Dallas County Commissioners Court formally declared racism a public health crisis in Dallas County and passed a corresponding court order, Court Order 2020-0583. The order outlines 10 resolutions demonstrating the Commissioners Court’s commitment to ensuring issues of racism and public health disparities due to racial inequities are addressed and resolved in Dallas County.  Specifically, the order’s tenth resolution sparked

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