Sponsored by Lyon Software, this session explores the multi-facets and new reality of community engagement. The ability to engage the community has often depended on in-person meetings, connections and relationship-building, but pandemics and other crises may change both the opportunity to interact in person and the dynamics of the interactions and relationships. How can organizations of all types 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? We are looking for promising or demonstrated approaches for collaborations with and among community residents, decision-makers, policymakers, or other stakeholders, to improve access, sharing, and use of community indicator data to inform strategies that will strengthen community resilience.
While the theme — and intent — of community engagement is present throughout many this year’s presentations within the different tracks, these presentations are grouped here because their primary focus is on building partnerships and coalitions to improve communities’ resilience and serve as a catalyst for changing policies, programs, and practices:
- Public Libraries: Informing Decisions with Community Data (Betsey Suchanic – Urban Libraries Council)
- Leveraging the Cooperative Extension Network for Data Driven Governance (Vicki A Lancaster – 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)
- (Jay Dev – ESRI)
- Development of Participatory Community Building Model in Japan : A Case of Local Goals in Kurobe City (Masako Hasegawa – CSO Network Japan)