A Publication of the Community Indicators Consortium

April 2021

In This Issue

Quick Hits Making a Big Impact


Featured Indicator

Featured Data Tool


Kicking Off The Monthly Indicator 

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!

2020 Virtual Impact Summit Call for Sessions

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.

Indicators Making an Impact

Projects Driving Change in Their Community

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.

Check out this dashboard through the CIC Indicator Projects pageor go to it directly!

Have or know of an indicator we should feature?

Upcoming Events, Training, and Webinars

Opportunities to Grow Your Impact

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond 

District Dialogues: Educational Disparities and COVID-19

May 5, 2021

Census Bureau Save the Date

National Advisory Committee Meeting

May 6 – May 7, 2021

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET

The Council for Community and Economic Research

What Works in Workforce? Evaluating the Impact of Workforce Development Programs 

May 18, 2021

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

Data Foundation 

Data Symposium 2021: Exploring Emerging Data Capabilities in Government 

May 19, 2021 

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM ET 

C2ER/LMII Annual Conference 

The Great Pivot: Reinvention for Recovery and Resilience 

June 7 – 11, 2021

Community Indicators Consortium

Leadership in Research Workshop: Developing and Managing a Research Team 

June 22 & 29; July 20 & 27; August 10 & 24, 2021

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET

Members In-Profile

Highlighting the Members Making an Impact on CIC


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! 

Featured Data Tool

Resources That Help You Make an Impact

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.

Want your data tool featured? Contact Lee Winkler.

Featured Resources

Impact that Goes Beyond the Data

Articles, Reports, and Publications 

Data Sources and Tools   

Indicator Dashboard Design & Visualization 


Because Change Only Happens When YOU Make It

Have an open position that might be of interest to CIC members? Let us post your job listing.

Send the position title, description, and any other relevant information to Lee Winkler

Jobs are typically posted within 1 business day and postings remain active for 45 days if no closing date is specified.

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