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CIC Indicator Project Database

CIC's website is a resource for individuals and organizations working to improve the use of indicators for better planning, decision-making and communities' quality of life. Whether you have been working with community indicators for many years or are just starting out, welcome!

Check out our on-line database of Community Indicator Projects for information about and links to community indicator projects around the world. 

CIC Community Indicator-Performance Measures Integration Project (CI-PM)

CIC has worked to connect  community indicators with performance measures (CI-PM) - find out what CI-PM integration means, why it is important, and where it is being done. This work was supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and countless hours by volunteers and subject matter experts.

Check out the:


Community Indicators Consortium
and Community Indicators

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 CIC Toolbox Helps Indicator Projects Succeed

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. 

Annual Impact Summit

The annual CIC Impact Summit brings together indicator practitioners, think tank analysts, academics, funders, and data providers and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and the development of effective indicators.  The next Impact Summit, CIC’s 11th annual conference, will be held in Austin, Texas, on November 9 and 10, 2015. 

Educational Opportunities, such as Webinars

CIC offers a host of educational opportunities, including webinars, on key topics of interest to indicator practitioners.  In the past topics have included tools for impact, visualization, equity, and performance measures.  Past webinars are available for members to view any time.


The CIC website offers the most comprehensive list of indicator projects and indicator resources available anywhere.  Those resources make it easier for cash- and resource-strapped organizations to limit the exploratory phase of their projects and move quicker to delivering impactful products to the community. 

Impact Awards

Each year, CIC identifies community indicator projects around the World that best demonstrate the power of indicators to drive positive community change. Those projects provide guidance to the entire field on the many positive directions toward which it can strive. 

Discussion boards

Through its LinkedIn page and website, CIC offers a platform for peer-to-peer interactions, allowing for timely discussions and resolution of technical issues or organizational problems, as well as the sharing of innovations, as they arise.






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