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Impact Summit


September 26-27, 2016
Washington, DC


Well-crafted indicators serve as a GPS to provide guidance for actions taken to improve the health and resilience of a community.  Well-being indicators, which use a holistic approach to measure social progress, seek to capture multiple dimensions of community health, including both objective measures of quality of life like income and savings as well as subjective measures like happiness and perceived belonging.  They can be disaggregated to understand differences and inequities across sub-populations by race, nativity, gender, and other demographics, and are oriented toward influencing public policy and engaging the public.  

This year’s Impact Summit, CIC's 11th International Conference on Indicators, will take a close look at new approaches and policy applications of well-being indicators and engage in dialogue both about what we can learn from international and local efforts and how we are or can be leading the field in measuring progress to move “beyond GDP” toward equitable, sustainable, healthy communities.

Plenary and breakout sessions will offer diverse approaches to describing and, in some case, practicing:

  • Tools, methods and technologies for selecting impactful measures and target populations, collecting useful data, assuring data accuracy and consistency, and/or assessing the progress of communities; 
  • Promising innovations that initiated and sustain collaborations with and among the public, policy makers, and other stakeholders, such as public policy initiatives, legislation, innovative partnerships, public outreach, participatory approaches to governance, effective reporting methods using a variety of media, etc.; 
  • Practices based on sound evidence that make measurable and sustainable improvements in the well-being of a community; 
  • Best practices or models for moving from data to action; 
  • Initiatives that used indicators to reduce inequities and improve resilience in local or regional communities; tools and practices that build internal organizational resilience and financial sustainability necessary to make an impact on the community.
The 2016 Impact Summit builds on the collective knowledge and state-of-the-art practices of the whole community indicators consortium and on 11 years of providing the international indicator field with quality conferences that inspire, explore, provide guidance, as well as promote collaboration. 

Hear what attendees had to say about the 2015 Impact Summit:
  • I really loved this conference and every session was interesting. I like that the geeky data work is tied to social issues that I am passionate about.
  • Great facility. Great keynote. Very inviting for everyone. Organized - everything ran smoothly.
  • Everything was well done. I liked seeing the vendors. Food was good.
  • Timing was spot on. Presenters were for the most part interesting and informative
  • This is the first time I attended a CIC summit. It exceeded my expectations. I usually do not like conferences, but this one is superb!
  • Wonderful venue, outstanding food service, vendors handy, keynote speakers excellent, great time management, overall home run!
  • The selected key notes were very articulate, intelligent and wellinformed
  • Selection of opening and keynote speakers was excellent.

Reports from previous conferences

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