2018 Impact Summit

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2018 Impact Summit2018-10-02T00:34:32+00:00

Are you working with, or researching, community indicators?  Are you using data to improve community conditions?  Join us at the 2018 Impact Summit.

Attendees are program managers, data analysts, communications folks, researchers and students from nonprofits and foundations, research institutions and consulting firms, government and academia.

We will  showcase, and learn from, leading measuring and monitoring initiatives, show how data that are credible, accessible and meaningful can support and promote community wellbeing; how community indicators can build trust and help find common ground, be actionable, and ignite results; how a community indicators project helps a community visualize its assets and concerns, influences practices, supports informed decisions about policies and programs, and tracks progress toward sustainable and equitable communities.

Our focus is on making data actionable; featuring Community Indicators in Action.

The 2018 Impact Summit boasts some of the field’s most influential presenters, panels and interactive workshops in a forum designed to be conducive to the sharing of ideas, learning of new concepts and meeting new connections.

The 2018 Impact Summit will be hosted by the University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center, a top Minneapolis conference center voted Best University Venue 2017 by Minnesota Meetings & Events magazine and Best High-Tech Venue 2015 by Unique Venues.

Plenary sessions featuring local, national and international experts, over 80 presentations in five tracks.

We are excited to announce that Dr. Chris Brenner, co-author (with Manual Pastor) of Equity, Community, and Growth: What the Nation Can Learn From America’s Metropolitan Regions,  Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions, and This Could Be the Start of Something Big: How Social Movements for Regional Equity are Transforming Metropolitan America will keynote the 2018 Impact Summit.  In his work, research and teaching, Dr. Benner ponders technological change, economic restructuring, and social equity, topics that are at the heart of the challenge community indicators project face in their quest to move the needle.

Dr. Benner is Dorothy E. Everett Chair in Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship, Director, Everett Program for Technology and Social Change, Professor, Environmental Studies and Sociology at University of California, Santa Cruz.

Sample of confirmed presenters…

We will feature presentations on tools, methods, approaches, cases studies, and best practices organized around the following tracks:

  • DATA TOOLS: Tools for collection, sourcing or analysis of data
  • MEASURE: New or innovative indicators, data sources, or  approaches to measure community conditions
  • ENGAGE: Successful examples of building winning partnerships or engaging the community and stakeholders in indicators related work through communications vehicles like storytelling, visualization, presentations, and more
  • IMPACT: Case studies, examples and practices of using data to change minds, policies, systems, or priorities or drive action
  • SUSTAIN: Strategies and resources to build or improve organizational capacity and grow indicator projects
  • SHARE: short, fast paced, poster-like presentations using the Pecha Kucha format (20 slides x 20 seconds) to introduce a topic, tool, method, idea or a project

The universe of community indicators is deep and wide.  Presentations can also be tracked by focus area:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Children & Family
  • Community & Economic Development
  • Equity
  • Environment
  • Cross-cutting
  • Community indicators/performance measurement integration

The conference will be held at the award-winning McNamara Alumni Center, a tunnel connection away from the conference hotel, the Graduate Hotel, and just two Light Rail stops from downtown Minneapolis.