Call for Proposals

What a difference a few months make!  In February we opened this call for proposal to an enthusiastic response and collected a set of exciting proposals.  Then the world as we know it changed and by the time the conference opens in August, it will still be adapting.  The pandemic exposed a host of cracks in the social fabric and in our ability to care for one another, our institutions and the planet.  So, CIC decided to adjust the theme of the conference and explore how community data can help build more resilient communities that are better able to withstand, manage, and recover from crises and disasters.

We are re-opening the call for proposals to seek additional proposals that can address this new focus on resilience by reflecting on research, expertise and/or practical experience that build strength in communities and are innovative, well-grounded, and related to community indicators.  Proposals must be submitted online using the form below.

Building Resilience with Community Data

With explicit focuses on equity, wellbeing, and sustainability, the 2020 Virtual Impact Summit will showcase how data and community indicators are or can be used to foster opportunity and catalyze change within communities and institutions.  We will critically examine how we engage and benefit all community members, and consider all the challenges the community faces — from pandemics to lack of social safety net to rising sea levels — in order to adapt and persist through changing circumstances. You are invited to share new research, innovative methods, on-the-ground experiences and practical case studies on how to measure, analyze, connect, and communicate community data for more resilient communities.

The Call for Proposals for the 2020 CIC Impact Summit closes June 14. The program committee will review and accept additional submissions during the open submission period and will finalize all acceptances before June 19.

Please review carefully before submitting.  All fields that include a little red asterisk are required, but you are encouraged to fill out every field.  Please upload the body of your proposal as a PDF or WORD (.doc or .docx) file of no more than 500 word and not to exceed 250 MB.

Please contact CIC if you encounter any problems while completing the form.

Conference Tracks:

Community Resilience:

While resilience will infuse all the other tracks, we will focus here on frameworks, models and indicators specific to identifying resilience capacity, inspire action, support evidence-based decision-making and track progress.

Health and Well-being

How we track physical and mental health to improve health outcomes and ensure the well-being of our communities.  It will cover a wide range of topics, from the social determinants of health to happiness and will highlight innovations in measuring and connecting and tools to support and sustain health  programs and improve quality of life.

Children & Families

Tracking how well children and families thrive is a central means of promoting and tracking improvements in quality of life.  This track will address the role of community indicators in various efforts that make child & family not just the focus and manifestation of community well-being and resilience but also central change agents in promoting the well-being of themselves, others, and their neighborhood / community.


Before there was a pandemic, another global crisis was struggling to gain attention despite the potential devastation it could unleash on the planet.  This track highlights efforts and solutions to track and address the impact of climate change at the local or regional level, with a focus on new measures, novel engagement strategies, and winning strategies.

Community Planning and Development

This track encompasses a range of topics that relate to both physical and social elements considered when planning for communities.  We are particularly interested in metrics, initiatives and research that draw a connection between the built environment and community well-being and help break down barriers.

Sustainable Development

Community resilience is not sustainable if it serves only us, and only now; it needs to work for other communities, future generations, and the ecosystems on which we all depend.  This track presents the many ways in which community indicator programs are either integrating sustainable development or retooling to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their existing frameworks.

Place-based Funders

Place-based funders (such as Community Foundations, United Ways and local governments) are often the first line of defense to shore up communities in crisis and to help it recover.  We will explore how funders depend on community data to further their missions and build resilience into their communities.

Community Engagement

The ability to engage the community has often depended on in-person meetings, connections and relationship-building, but pandemics and other crises may change both the opportunity to interact in person and the dynamics of the interactions and relationships.  How can organizations of all types continue to successfully and meaningfully reach, engage, and mobilize the communities they serve and work with, under challenging and critical conditions such as the one we are in now? We are looking for promising or demonstrated approaches for collaborations with and among community residents, decision-makers, policymakers, or other stakeholders, to improve access, sharing, and use of community indicator data to inform strategies that will strengthen community resilience.

Presentation Proposal Submission Form

Your Proposal

This short summary will be used in the conference program. Please keep under 250 characters.
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
Please be descriptive and feel free to include references or links.
We will endeavor to include your presentation in your preferred track and will contact you if we feel that it would better fit elsewhere.

Additional Presenters

(Optional) Please enter the name and email address of any known co-presenter(s), other than the proposal submitter. Co-presenters will be included in future correspondence regarding this proposal.

Please confirm your interest