One Platform For All Sectors

Our system makes it effortless to speak the same language and coordinate efforts in a highly structured, yet flexible way. 

Our methodology meshes best practice frameworks from multiple domains, sourced from leading public agencies, institutes, foundations, businesses, and academic researchers. As you get to know us and learn more about our approach and system, you will frequently notice familiar methodologies serving key functions within our framework.

Below we provide insight into our Domain model (built on top of the STAR Communities Version 2.0 framework), and as you can see, traditional "sectors" like finance, health, transportation or housing cross many of these domains.

Your organization or coalition can user our system to hyper-focus on a specific topic area, or even an individual issue within that topic area. Or, you can work across domains when you need the scale up your response to a problem, involving partners from multiple sectors. You can add permanent coalitions to the system allowing organizations to collaborate over a long period of time, or you can create an informal work group to address an issue for a few months and then archive the initiative when done. 

Domains & Topic Areas



Education, Arts & Community

Ensuring residents have access to an excellent education, are able to participate in arts and cultural activities, and that in the aggregate all residents are authentically engaging with one other in physical settings. Topic Areas include: Arts & Culture, Civic Engagement, Community Cohesion, Educational Opportunity & Attainment, Historic Preservation, Social & Cultural Diversity, and Aging in the Community. 


economy & jobs

Creating economic growth along with quality job opportunities. This Domain includes Topic Areas like: Business Retention & Development, Green Market Development, Local Economy, Quality Jobs & Living Wages, Targeted Industry Development, and Workforce Readiness.  


health & safety

Strengthen communities to be healthy, resilient, and safe places for residents and businesses to achieve their fullest potential. The Healthy People 2020 Topic Areas (with necessary modifications) dominate this Domain including: Maternal Infant and Child Health, Mental Health and Mental Disorders, Tobacco Use, Food Safety, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke, Chronic Kidney Disease, Cancer, Immunization and Infectious Diseases, Injury and Violence Prevention, Preparedness, Physical Activity, Nutrition and Weight Status.  



Achieving livability, choice, and access for all where we live, work, and play. Within the Built Environment Domain our Topic Areas including to name a few: Ambient Noise & Light, Community Water Systems, Compact & Complete Communities, Housing Affordability, Infill & Redevelopment, Public Parkland, Transportation Choices, and Safe Routes to School. 


Climate & Energy

Reduce climate impacts through adaptation and mitigation efforts and increase resource efficiency. Topic Areas including to name a few: Climate Adaptation, Greenhouse Gas Mitigation, Green Infrastructure, Greening the Energy Supply, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, and Waste Minimization.


natural systems

Protecting and restoring the natural resources that our lives depend on. This Domain includes Biodiversity, Invasive Species, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade, Forests, Fisheries, Oceans, Natural Resource Protection, Hazardous Materials & Toxic Pollution, Genetic Engineering, Overpopulation, Resource Depletion, Outdoor Air Quality, Water in the Environment, Mining, Waste Disposal, Oil & Gas Exploration & Extraction, and Working Lands. 


Equity & Empowerment

Ensure equity, inclusion, and access to opportunity for all community members regardless of their race, age, income level, disabilities, education, gender identity, sexual preference, personal appearance, religious beliefs, and so on. This Domain includes Civil & Human Rights, Fair & Equal Wages, Civil Procedures and Statutes, Environmental Justice, Equitable Services & Access, Human Services, and Poverty Prevention & Alleviation. 


Innovation & Processes

This is a new Domain to the STAR Communities framework, we view it to be a catch-all domain for describing our internal and cross-sectoral processes, inclusive of how we engage the public. Topic Areas in this Domain include: Best Practices, Research Studies, Policy Laws & Statutes, Collective Impact, Shared & Internal Measures, Governance, Internal Controls, Management of Information Systems, Data Science, Technology Infrastructure, Risk Management, Capital Allocation, Public Awareness, Skill Development and Reporting.