Community Indicator Consortium: 2020 Impact Summit

The 2020 Virtual Impact Summit will showcase how data and community indicators are or can be used to foster opportunity, catalyze change and advance community resilience.

Community resilience is the capacity of all of a community’s parts, including individuals, communities, institutions, nonprofits and foundations, businesses, and systems, to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.



From the effects of pandemics and climate change to changing population structures and infrastructure support, resilience is what helps communities adapt and transform in the face of these challenges, helping them to prepare for both the expected and the unexpected.

The 2020 Virtual Impact Summit will explore the role of community data in building and supporting resilience at the local level.  We will examine how we engage and empower; how we understand and address biases; whether we carefully consider the methods and processes we use; how effective our reporting is; and, whether we use data to help us understand not only what is, but also what is coming; how data can and do inform decision-making, support allocation of resources, and focus efforts to improve outcomes.

If you are concerned about the resilience of your communities and believe in using data to improve outcomes, you are bound to find something of interest at the 2020 Virtual Impact Summit. This is true whether you are a practitioner or a researcher; whether you are a data analyst, planner, communications specialist, community organizer, manager, philanthropist, epidemiologist; whether you work for a community-based organization, a local government, a foundation, academia, or the media.

Under the overarching theme of using data as a catalyst to strengthen communities, we offer the following tracks: REGISTRATION PAGE CALL FOR PROPOSALS SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS

  • Community Resilience

  • Health & Well-being

  • Climate

  • Sustainable Development

  • Planning & Community Development

  • Place-based Funders and Initiatives

  • Community Engagement

  • Innovative Data Tools

  • Organization Development & Community Indicators-Performance Measures Integration

Community indicators help communities around the world answer the question: Are we there yet?  Communities are trying to improve the quality of life of their residents. Indicators measure what the community cares about and track whether the community is moving in the right direction.  Without indicators, it is difficult to know whether progress is being made on important issues.  Those metrics provide essential guidance for action and key tools for appropriate engagement of the public.


The Community Indicator Consortium supports communities’ efforts to improve quality of life.  Since 2005, CIC has provided resources and tools to help communities and practitioners advance the practice and effective use of community indicators.

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