Conference Sponsor:

Annie E Casey Foundation logo

Track Sponsors:

Clear Impact LogoData Wheel LogoLyon Software LogoSHADAC logoWilliam T Grant Foundation Logo

Pre-conference Workshops

Engaging the Community with Child & Well-being Index & Mapping Tools

Results-Based Accountability to Engage and Reduce Racial Disparities

Effective Questions and Dashboards for Internal Evaluation Process

Keynote Address:
Angela Glover Blackwell

Place-based Funders Session

Place-based funders are often the first line of defense to shore up communities in crisis and to help it recover. In this session, sponsored by Clear Impact, LLC and led by Frank Ridzi (Central New York Community Foundation), we explore how funders depend on community data to further their missions and build resilience into their communities.

  • Mapping Indicators of Well-Being across U. S. Community Foundations (Patsy Kraeger & Rhonda Phillips)
  • Data Driven Place Based Philanthropy Panel with Mendi Blue-Paca (Fairfield County’s Community Foundation), Imee Cambronero (Minneapolis Community Foundation), Rubayi Estes, (Santa Barbara Foundation), Donald Matteson (Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation)
  • Open-Data to Drive Philanthropy in Oklahoma City (Nancy Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation & Charles Henderson, Thriving Cities Group)
  • Using Data to Drive Philanthropy during COVID-19 (Diana Zarzuelo, Greater Houston Community Foundation)
  • Using Synthetic Community Modeling Data to Plan COVID Relief and Recovery (Thomas Kelly, Hawaii Community Foundation)
  • Using Community Indicators for Real time Covid Response (Frank Ridzi, Central New York Community Foundation)
  • Investing in Data Capacity for Community Change (Kathryn Pettit, The Urban Institute)

Community Engagement Session

With pandemics and other crises changing both the opportunity to interact in person and the dynamics of the interactions and relationships, this session will examine how organizations can 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.

  • Introduction: Rosa Gonzalez, Facilitating Power
  • Public Libraries: Informing Decisions with Community Data (Betsey Suchanic, Urban Libraries Council)
  • Leveraging the Cooperative Extension Network for Data Driven Governance (Vicki A Lancaster and Teja Pristavec, University of Virginia, Biocomplexity Institute & Initiative, Social & Decision Analytics Division)
  • Data as a Conduit for Community Conversation – The Truckee Meadows Tomorrow Community Conversation Speaker Series (Erica Mirich, Truckee Meadows Tomorrow)
  • Collect and Relay Timely Data through Collaboration (Jay Dev, ESRI)
  • Development of Participatory Community Building Model in Japan – A Case of Local Goals in Kurobe City (Masako Hasegawa, CSO Network Japan and Noriaki Koshiba, Kurobe Social Welfare Council; Sachiko Kamakura, Kamakura Sachiko Co.; Kyoko Ichikawa)

Children & Youth Session

Sponsored by the William T. Grant Foundation, this session addresses the role of the role of community indicators in various efforts that make child and youth 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 community.

  • Introduction: Flo Gutierrez, Annie E Casey Foundation
  • Equity & Resilience Mapping with Early Childhood Integrated Data (Lori Hanson The Children’s Trust, Rebecca Shearer, Ph.D., University of Miami Department of Psychology, Maite Riestra-Quintero, Ph.D., Miami Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department, Anabel Espinosa, Ph.D., Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe)
  • From Idea to Reality: Developing an Early Literacy Action Plan with Community Partners (Terry S Atkinson, East Carolina University/READ ENC Community Literacy Coalition & Kimberly L. Anderson, East Carolina University)
  • Community Child and Youth Well-Being Survey: Gathering Comprehensive, Actionable Data on How Children and Youth Experience Life (Lisa Wolff, UNICEF Canada & Alison Pearson, Children and Youth Planning Table of Waterloo Region)
  • A Decade Undone: Youth Disconnection in the Age of Coronavirus (Rebecca Gluskin, Measure of America, Social Science Research Council
  • Engaging Youth in Making Community Change (Camille Anoll, Urban Institute)
  • The Most Important Voices are the Ones we Hear From the Least: Community- Based Assessment in Collaboration with Families and Community-Based Organizations (Bijan Kimiagar,Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York)

Community Resilience Session

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

  • Regions and Cities towards resilience and sustainable development: Applying the resilience lens to the OECD localised indicator framework for SDGs (Marcos Diaz Ramirez, OECD)
  • Measuring Community Resilience- basic concepts and perspectives from around the globe (Anika Terton, International Institute for Sustainable Development [IISD])
  • WRI India (Lubaina Rangwala, WRI India)
  • Understanding Your Community (Erika Rosenberg, Center for Governmental Research)
  • A Closer Look at Wood Buffalo: Using community wellbeing data to understand and meet the changing needs of residents (Chantal Beaver, FuseSocial & Bryan Smale, Canadian Index of Wellbeing)
  • Responsive Tracking of the 2020 Census Count in California (Laura Daly & Alejandra Ramirez-Zarate, Advancement Project California)
  • Building Evidence-based Community Resilience in Winnipeg: Peg’ s Relevance in post-COVID Recovery Efforts (Beth Timmers, International Institute for Sustainable Development)
  • Indicators for Climate and Community Resilience in Austin, Texas (Patrick Brixler and Jessica Jones, Austin Area Sustainability Indicators)
  • The Cost of Sea Level Rise for Vinalhaven, ME: Spurring Action through an Economic Impact Analysis (Meghan Grabill, Island Institute)
  • Participatory monitoring: growing a shared, evidence-based, local intelligence on sunlight energy and human decisions (Peter Donovan, Soil Carbon Coalition)
  • How Well Are We Adapting?: Co-designing Climate Change Adaptation Indicators (Susie Moloney, RMIT University)
  • More in-depth information:
  • Link to 2020 Community and Climate Resilience Report:

Health & Wellbeing Session

Sponsored by SHADAC – University of Minnesota and moderated by Allison Liuzzi, Minnesota Compass, this session focuses on physical and mental health to improve health outcomes and ensure the well-being of our communities, from COVID response to the social determinants of health to happiness.

  • Panel on Health Surveillance and Community Wellbeing with Kelly Davila, Data Haven; Sargis Pogosjans, Public Health – Seattle & King County; Abigail Wozniak, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’ Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute
  • Health Equity and COVID 19: Tracking the Data Needed to Address Disparities (Emily Zylla, SHADAC, University of Minnesota)
  • Reaching Vulnerable Communities: Cities Use the City Health Dashboard to Engage Communities and Improve Health (Samantha Breslin, NYU Grossman School of Medicine – City Health Dashboard)
  • How HRSA is Leveraging ACS and CDC Data for Small Area Estimates and Analysis (Mark Carrozza – HealthLandscape)
  • Demand for well-being indicators & expertise growing in Software & Systems Engineering (Michael Lennon, Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, George Washington University)
  • Capacity building for health equity: Can Get Health in Canterbury and the challenges of measuring its outcomes (Beatriz Cardona, UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity)
  • Indicators Aotearoa: The New Zealand Experience of putting wellbeing to the fore (Mark Turner, Stats NZ)
  • COVID Impact Survey://
  • Various public facing dashboards for Public Health Seattle-King County available here:
  • Data Haven:
  • City Health Dashboard:
  • Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand –

Equity in Data and Policy Session

Along with Resilience, Equity is the main focus of the entire conference and is reflected throughout, with a emphasis in the Health & Wellbeing Session. This session offers timely presentations related to data and policy that did not fit under other headings.

  • Equity Data for Community Power and Policy Change (Sarah Treuhaft – PolicyLink)
  • Reducing Police Violence (Marc Brenman – IDARE LLC)
  • Connect: Collective Action Guide to Equitable Decision Making (Melissa Lee – Concordia LLC)
  • Centering Racial Equity Across the Data Life Cycle (Amy Hawn Nelson – Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy, University of Pennsylvania) Back
  • Introduction document here

Focus on SDGs Session

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. In this session, we hear from North American adopters of the framework who are localizing SDG Goals and empowering cities and communities for sustainability.

  • The Idea of Sustainability and the Houston Region (David Abraham – Rice University)
  • Making the SDGs Relevant for Cities: Using the Community Capital Tool in British Columbia (Mark Roseland – Arizona State University & Maria Spiliotopoulou – Simon Fraser University)
  • How Local Communities Can Align with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: A Santa Cruz County Case Study (Susan Brutschy -Applied Survey Research)
  • How the Youth Social Enterprise (YSE) Model Supports the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal #8 Economic Growth and Decent Work in American Cities (Peg Thomas – Sundance Family Foundation)

Awards Ceremony

We recognize those leaders and projects that made a difference in the last few years or over a lifetime.  We hear from those exceptional leaders and project directors what the secrets to their success are and what wisdom they can impart on us all.

Quality-of-Life Session

Sponsored by the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) and moderated by Jill Johnson (ISQOLS), this session discusses “How to Develop and Monitor Community Well-Being in an Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Theoretical Notions”.

  • Being “Theoretical” is Not a Bad Thing: Theory as a Practical Tool in Framing and Monitoring Community Indicators in Uncertain Times (Don Rahtz, PhD, William and Mary)
  • Macromarketing Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic: From Theory to Practical Solutions for Community Well-Being (Clifford J. Shultz, II, PhD., Loyola University Chicago
  • Joseph Sirgy, PhD., Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech)
  • Rhonda Phillips, PhD., Purdue University

Data Tools Session

In a series of fast-paced Pecha Kucha (20 slides x 20 seconds) presentations, this hour-long session, sponsored by DataWheel, demonstrates innovative tools, methods and sources of data, followed by a discussion and Q&A with the presenters.

  • Community Indicators for Community Associations (Lynn Boergerhoff – Community Association Atlas LLC)
  • Waypoints: Community Indicators a data publication changing minds and supporting decision makers along the coast and islands of Maine (Meghan Grabill – Island Institute)
  • Evolution of a Community Indicators Project: Lessons Learned (Stacey Hoffman – University of Nebraska Public Policy Center)
  • A simple digital mapping tool for data-driven policy research and advocacy (Bijan Kimiagar – Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York)
  • Using Tableau with an Equity Focus (Michael Mallett – United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg)

Closing panel