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CIC Awards

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.  



2016 Awards winners at the 2016 Impact Summit

l-r: Chantal Stevens, CIC Executive Director; Samaah Abdallah - Emerging Leader; Dr László Pintér - Hall of Heroes; Susan Brutschy - Hall of Heroes;  Omar Orostegui Restrepo,  Bogotá Cómo Vamos - Impact; Dr. Seema Ilyer, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance - Impact; Dr. Lester King, CIC Board Member

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

Go to Hall of Heroes Awards
Go to Emerging Leaders 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.


2016 BNIA


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                                          


Travis County Research & Planning Division

Austin, Texas, USA



The Boston Indicators Project
Boston, Massachusetts, USA



Guelph Community Wellbeing 
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


Strive, Cinncinatti / Strive Together Network
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

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.




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 - Emerging Leaders

Emerging leaders:  leaders under the age of 45 that have demonstrated extraordinary contribution to the indicators field with cutting-edge approaches to improving community conditions and well-being.



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





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