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: