2020 Awards

Through this nominations process, the Community Indicators Consortium seeks to recognize excellence in the field of community indicators by identifying projects that use the power of indicators to drive change or individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the field.

In keeping with the theme of our 2020 Impact Summit, Community Data as a Catalyst for Change, we are particularly interested in projects or leaders who have used or are using data to foster opportunity and support improvements towards more equitable, sustainable communities. This means a focus on the production and/or use of data to understand the particular needs of disadvantaged, vulnerable and/or marginalized communities. It also means engaging the communities most impacted by inequities in the process of developing indicator projects.

Nominations will be reviewed by the Awards Committee who will propose the list of award winners for approval by the CIC Board of Directors.

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Impact: These awards seek to recognize projects that have demonstrated the power of data and evidence to drive positive community change. Projects can be hosted by non-profit organizations, local government entities, foundations or academic institutions.

  • Community Project: CIC seeks to recognize projects that are grounded in, and supported by, the community and use data to analyze, communicate community conditions, engage the public and policy makers to catalyze action for making measurable and sustainable improvements in quality of community life.
  • Legacy Project: Recognizing that change takes time and requires a long-term commitment to place and people, CIC will recognize projects that have have undertaken a long, shared evolution in their communities with a history of engagement and accomplishments.  Projects need to have been in continuous existence for at least 15 years and still be in a strong position to catalyze change.

Leadership: Leaders must be employed or retired from nonprofit organizations; local, regional, state, or federal government entities; philanthropic organizations; or academic institutions.

  • Community leaders:  Leaders who have demonstrated extraordinary contribution to the indicators field with cutting-edge approaches to engaging their community and/or translating data into action for the purpose of improving their community’s conditions and well-being.
  • Hall of Heroes: leaders who have developed or used tools or methods that help translate data into action to make significant, long-term impact on the indicators field and the improvement of community conditions and well-being.

Communities can be geographical, but can also be topical or demographic communities of shared interest.The community may be large or small, but the impact of the use of indicators must be significant.