CIC’s award program advances excellence in the indicators field by identifying and recognizing projects that best demonstrated positive change in their communities and the power of indicators to drive that change and leaders who have made outstanding contributions in the field.The Community Indicators Awards Program offers a forum for the indicators field to highlight its impact on the community and to provide guidance to the entire field on the many positive directions toward which it can strive.

Starting in 2005, CIC has recognized some of the most impactful programs in the world and, since 2012, it has also inducted outstanding leaders into our CIC Hall of Heroes and recognized the promising talent of Emerging Leaders.

We are grateful to the Urban Markets Initiative of The Brookings Institution for their support of the 2005 and 2007 Awards.

Impact Awards

These indicator projects demonstrate the power of indicators to drive positive community change.  Winning projects use data to analyze, communicate community conditions, and catalyze action for making measurable and sustainable improvements in quality of community life.

Communities can be geographical, but can also be topical or demographic communities of shared interest. Projects can be hosted by non-profit organizations, local government entities, foundations or academic institutions. The community may be large or small, but the impact of the use of indicators must be significant.



King County, WA (USA) Communities Count

San Antonio, TX (USA) – SA2020

City of Surrey
Sustainability Dashboard

Making Action Possible for Southern Arizona

Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance
-Jacob France Institute at the University of
Baltimore  (BNIA)

Baltimore, Md, USA

Bogotá Cómo Vamos
Bogotá, Colombia

ACT Rochester
Rochester, New York, USA

Economic Issues for Women in Texas
Texas Women’s Foundation
Austin, Texas, USA

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The Boston Indicators Project
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Guelph Community Wellbeing Initiative
City of Guelph

Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Canadian Index of Wellbeing
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

The Jacksonville Community
Council, Inc.
Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Community Indicators Victoria
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Minnesota Compass
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Vital Signs Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Leadership Awards – Hall of Heroes

Hall of Heroes: leaders who have had significant, long-term impact on the indicators field and the improvement of community conditions and well-being.

Dr. Bryan Smale

Portrait of Angela Glover Blackwell

Angela Glover Blackwell

William O’Hare (with CIC Board Member Janice Hamilton Outtz)

Paul Mattessich
2018 Hall of Heroes

Mike Salvaris
Project Manager
Australian National Development Index
Senior Research Fellow
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
University of Melbourne
Melbourne, VIC (Australia)

Susan Brutschy
Co-founder and President of Applied Survey Research
Former CIC Board Member
Watsonville, California – US

Dr. László Pintér
Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy
Central European University (CEU) /
Budapest – Hungary

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Winnipeg, MB – Canada

Anthony Iton MD, JD, MPH
Senior Vice President
Healthy Communities
The California Endowment
Berkeley, California, USA

Dr. Susan Millea
Community Systems Analyst
Children’s Optimal Health
Austin, Texas, USA

Frank Lenk
Director of Research Service, Mid-America Regional Council
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Jon Hall
Policy Specialist – National Human Development Reports
Human Development Report Office
New York, New York, USA

Munir A. Sheikh, Ph.D
Distinguished Fellow and Adjunct Professor at Queen’s University,
former head of Statistics Canada

Donna Stark 
Vice President, Talent & Leadership Development,
the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Tom Kingsley 
Senior Researcher in
Housing, Urban Policy, and
Governance Issues
at the Urban Institute

Ralph Smith
Vice President,
the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Leadership Awards – Community Awards and Emerging Leaders

Emerging leaders:  leaders under the age of 40 that have demonstrated extraordinary contribution to the indicators field with cutting-edge approaches to improving community conditions and well-being.


Sondra Samuels


Emerging Leader Award
Jennifer Temmer


Samaah Abdallah
New Economic Foundation
London, UK


Megan Joseph
Director of Community Organizing
United Way of Santa Cruz County
Capitola, California, USA


Mark Abraham
Executive Director, DataHaven
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Emily Garr Pacetti
Manager of Research and Evaluation at the
Fund for Our Economic Future
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Derek Eder
Open Data Web Developer, Owner of DataMade, Co-founder of Open City,
Organizer for OpenGov Chicago

Henrietta Munoz, PhD
Senior Director of Grants at United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County

Geoff Smith
Executive Director,  Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University

Michael McAfee
Promise Neighborhood Institute,

Chantel Bottoms
Community Action Network

Awards from 2005 to 2009

Awardees were selected to:

  • celebrate the successes of outstanding indicator projects and the people who create and manage them and
  • add to the public body of knowledge about community indicator projects’ best practices.

2009 CI-PM Winner

2008 Winners

First place:   Our Kids Count, Halton Region, Ontario
Second place:  Georgia Indicators of Child and Family Wellbeing, Georgia

2007 Winners

First place:   Santa Cruz County Community Assessment Project, Santa Cruz County, California
Second place:  CitiStat, City of Baltimore, Maryland
Third place:  Community Report Card, Osceola County, Florida
Honorable mention:  Georgia Indicators of Child and Family Well-Being, Georgia
Honorable mention: Detroit Data Partnership, Detroit, Michigan

2005 Winners

First place:   Truckee Meadows Tomorrow, Reno, Nevada
Second place:  New Yorkers for Parks, New York City, New York
Third place:  West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, Oakland, California
Honorable mention:  City of Santa Monica Sustainable City Plan, Santa Monica, California
Honorable mention: Community Vision, Osceola County, Florida
Honorable mention:  Jacksonville Community Council Inc., Jacksonville, Florida
Honorable mention: Vision for Children at Risk, St. Louis, Missouri