Data is key to the identification of community trends and a basis for addressing health disparities and inequities and to mobilize around other key issues that matter to residents. Yet, the validity of data is routinely questioned and information is increasingly coming from unreliable sources. Now at growing risk of being eliminated or withheld, community data matters more than ever. The 2017 Impact Summit will offer a forum to discuss and explore the role of data in supporting community change, on how to facilitate the use of accurate data for democratic decision-making at various scales – locally, regionally, statewide, nationally and internationally -, and on opportunities to fortify and intensify our efforts to promote and lead change through the use of community data.
Plenary panels and roundtables will tackle the larger issue, for community indicators project, of how to sustain or rebuild trust in data and how to share information for maximum impact. Tracks will offer specialized sessions that will expand on how information can be used to powerfully address specific issues of interest.