Welcome to the inaugural release of the Community Indicator Consortium’s newsletter, the Monthly Indicator. We want the Indicator to serve as your go-to source for learning best practices in the measurement of community impact. In such a dynamic field, it is important for practitioners to stay aware of current trends in indicators and methods of analysis that impact their jobs and organizations. We hope that you enjoy this edition of the CIC newsletter and continue to support future publications of the Monthly Indicator through your readership.
2020 Virtual Impact Summit Save the Date
We invite you to join this year for the 2021 Virtual Impact Summit (November 1st – 5th, 2021). The theme of this year’s Impact Summit is Community Indicators for Change: Responding, Rebuilding, and Advancing Equity. We are interested in learning about how your research creates change for the future. Whether it’s responding to the impacts and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic or advancing access and equity for all people, how does your work and data ensure we are creating a world for the better? 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 2021 Virtual Impact Summit.
Interested in attending the CIC 2021 Virtual Impact Summit? Save-the-Date below to receive key updates on the Impact Summit, including registration, featured tracks, and more!
Are you interested in sharing how your work impacts equitable community-change? Want to share key lessons from your project to connect indicators with outcomes? Only proposals submitted via the survey tool will be considered. If you’re having trouble with the survey tool or have any questions about the 2021 Impact Summit and associated Call for Sessions, please contact Jennie Allison.
Find out more about the Call for Sessions process and the CIC 2021 Virtual Impact Summit below! The current deadline for proposals is May 14, 2021.
The Charleston 2020-2021 Economic Regional Scorecard benchmarks economic, talent development, livability, and community well-being related indicators in Charleston to peer and aspirational cities. The project engaged a wide range of stakeholders to identify community and economic indicators that reflect their organizational priorities and community needs. Engaging a wide range of partners can create new opportunities for shared services through a merging of perspectives and outlooks.
For this month’s edition of “Members In-Profile”, I’d like to introduce Lisa Parson. Lisa is currently Special Assistant to the City Manager of Santa Monica, focusing on Equity and Community Recovery. Lisa has been a CIC member for the past year after following CIC for several years as one of the lead-managers of the Santa Monica’s Wellbeing Index. Lisa serves on the Board where she supports the Communications and Educations Committee, which guides the creation of this newsletter. Take a couple of minutes to learn more about Lisa and her experience with CIC!
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Opportunity 360 provides communities with an easy-to-deploy toolkit to measure community health and respond to neighborhood-level issues through community engagement and partnership. The toolkit generates a neighborhood-level map, and offers a series of planning-tools, case-studies, and evaluation frameworks to develop programs that promote community health. With just an address, Opportunity 360 allows communities to transform community indicators into a set of concrete program actions.