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Monday, September 17
 

8:15am

Registration and Breakfast
Continental breakfast served buffet-style

Monday September 17, 2018 8:15am - 9:00am
Memorial Hall

9:00am

Welcome, Orientation, and Opening Remarks
Jacob Frey, Mayor of Minneapolis, will open the conference.  He will be followed by Jennifer Ford Reedy President of the Bush Foundation,  and Bob Tracy, of the Minnesota Council on Foundation.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Frey

Jacob Frey

Mayor, City of Minnesota
avatar for Craig Helmstetter

Craig Helmstetter

Managing Partner, APM Research Lab, American Public Media
Past president, Community Indicators Consortium's Board of Directors, and Managing Partner, APM Research Lab
avatar for Jennifer Ford Reedy

Jennifer Ford Reedy

President, Bush Foundation
Jen has been President of the Bush Foundation since September 2012. The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and 23 Native Nations. The Foundation was established in 1953 by Archibald Bush, a 3M executive who... Read More →
avatar for Bob Tracy

Bob Tracy

Director of Public Policy and Communications, Minnesota Council on Foundations
As director of public policy and communications, Bob coordinates public policy engagement and leads its government relations activities in St. Paul and Washington, D.C. for the Minnesota Council on Foundations. He encourages MCF members to incorporate advocacy and public policy into... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Memorial Hall

10:00am

From Scope to Scale: Driving a Culture of Results through Collective Impact
The Flint & Genesee Literacy Network (FGLN) has jointly applied Results-Based Accountability and the 5 Conditions of Collective Impact to build strong community partnerships. These partnerships are focused on achieving community-level results through a multi-tiered system of accountability, inclusive of community-level indicators and performance-level metrics. In this presentation, FGLN's Executive Director, Ja'Nel Jamerson, and Community Impact Coordinator, Jeremiah White, will walk participants through their experience of using community-level indicators to drive decision-making, create partner and program alignment, and consistently use data to get from talk to action; drive program development and improvement; and positive community-level impact. Participants will also see how the Network uses the new data to continuously inform and advocate for parents as the child's most important teacher and shape the work of the Network and its partners. Finally, participants will complete a hands-on exercise to adopt FGLN's results-driven approach in their own community.

Follow-up questions can be sent to Jeremiah White via email - jeremiah.white@mcc.edu.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Adrian

Michael Adrian

Implementation Success Manager, Clear Impact
Michael Adrian joined the Clear Impact team in 2014 with a strong belief in the Results-Based Accountability methodology and a dedication to those that Clear Impact serves. His work is marked with diligence, positivity, and passion for those that he interacts with.Under his guidance... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Minnesota Room
  • Presentation Format WORKSHOP (50 min.)

10:00am

Blending Data - The New Data Salad Bar
Internet delivery has always been about distributing content in manageable chunks. Yet when it comes to community data, users must pick through the rubble of massive government agency sites and rely on complex ways of cobbling the data together. Data blending is the new paradigm for turning silos of data into immediate insights. In this session we will look at free and paid ways of blending data from across public and private data repositories. We will also examine the use of emerging technologies such as machine learning and natural language processing to instantly analyze blended data without knowledge of tools or data.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Quigg

Dan Quigg

CEO, Public Insight Corporation
Public Insight transforms disparate public and licensed data sources into actionable insights.


Monday September 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Johnson Great Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

10:00am

State Data Centers: The Census Bureau’s Premier Local Partners
In addition to the Decennial Census, the U.S. Census Bureau collects and maintains data on a wide array of topics. These include over 130 decennial, Quinquennial, annual, quarterly, and monthly surveys. The State Data Center Network, a Census Bureau program, serves the information needs of the nation by disseminating demographic and economic data to academic institutions, businesses, governments, and private citizens. In addition to the lead agency in every state, a nationwide network of 1,400 affiliates assist in this mission. This session will provide an overview of the many Census Bureau products available and illustrate services and expertise offered by the State Data Center Network. Together, these resources can help make the most of the U.S. Census Bureau’s vast data offerings at the local, regional, and national levels.

Speakers
avatar for Gregg Bell

Gregg Bell

Senior Data Analyst, The University of Alabama
Data access makes me happy.


Monday September 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Johnson Great Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

10:00am

Make social media work for you
When social movements like #MeToo coexist with calls to #DeleteFacebook, one thing is clear -- social media strongly influences the form and substance of community conversations. Get in the driver's seat and make this powerful tool work for you. Learn updates and best practices for sharing data and engaging your audiences. Then create a plan tailored for your project's budget, goals and capacity.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Hamberg

Ruth Hamberg

Founder / Owner, Squaretree LLC
Ruth is principal of Squaretree, a social change marketing firm. Squaretree partners with changemakers: nonprofits, small businesses, coalitions and artists. After studying the science of collaboration and the art of social change—and learning from the wisdom of practitioners around... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Ski-U-Mah Room
  • Presentation Format Workshop (50 min.)

10:00am

Data disaggregation: How to do it well to inform program and policy improvements
Data disaggregation, in this context, is the process of breaking out large racial and ethnic groups like the five main groups used by the U.S. Census Bureau (American Indian, Black or African American, Asian, Latinx, and White) into smaller, more nuanced cultural, national, regional, or other sub-groups. Data disaggregation can help to inform questions about who has (or doesn’t have) access to various social services or amenities, how different groups of people experience a certain intervention or event, and/or how program outcomes or impacts vary by subgroup. Often, we need disaggregated data to help us understand complex social issues, because large race/ethnic categories just don’t give us enough information.
The purpose of this presentation is to illustrate how organizations use disaggregated data to inform their policies and programs, using real examples.  

Speakers
avatar for Nicole MartinRogers

Nicole MartinRogers

senior research manager, Wilder
Nicole has been with Wilder Research since 2001. She provides research and evaluation services to a wide range of programs and organizations. She designs and consults on program evaluations and population-based survey research projects, specializing in culturally-based methods as... Read More →
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Joe Munnich

Generation Next
avatar for Nadege Souvenir

Nadege Souvenir

Vice President of Operations & Learning, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation
Nadege Souvenir is vice president of Operations & Learning for the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation. In her role, she oversees grants administration, Human Resources, IT, and learning and evaluation. In 2016, Nadege launched East Metro Pulse, a community vitality survey and report... Read More →
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Chris Taylor

Minnesota Historical Society
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Bo Thao-Urabe

Executive Director, Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL)
Bo Thao-Urabe's work has been focused on creating community-centered, asset-based solutions that results in meaningful outcomes and transformative change. Her commitment to improving community conditions so that all people thrive has led to the creation of local, national and international... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am
Heritage Gallery
  • Presentation Format PANEL (50 min.)

11:00am

Data-driven decision-making: Utilizing community indicators and performance measurements to build and measure progress towards sustainable and equitable communities in Ramsey County
Government entities are being asked to do more with less, and prioritizing county-wide initiatives can be difficult. Learn how the second largest County in Minnesota with the greatest racial and ethnic diversity in the State is utilizing open data, performance metrics, and community indicators to drive its strategic plan. Attendees will learn about leading effective measuring and monitoring initiatives.

Speakers
avatar for Lidiya Girma

Lidiya Girma

Senior Policy Analyst, Ramsey County
Lidiya Girma is a Senior Policy Analyst a Ramsey County. Her work focuses on advancing the county’s strategic priorities, providing research and analysis support for county operations, coordinating and convening multi-sector/department projects, and leading the county’s strategic... Read More →
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Kristine Grill

Open Data Portal Coordinator, Ramsey County, Minnesota
Kristine Grill is Ramsey County, Minnesota's first Open Data Portal Coordinator. She is responsible for working closely with departments to continually improve the range and quality of open data available and to identify ways to increase usage of the portal by the public, employees... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Tolzmann

Elizabeth Tolzmann

Director of Policy & Planning, Ramsey County
Elizabeth Tolzmann currently serves as the Director of Policy & Planning in Ramsey County, where she leads planning and policy analysis across the organization to inform the county's strategic priorities and supports its vision, mission and goals. She reports directly to the County... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Minnesota Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

11:00am

Sustaining Indicator and Performance Measurement at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
We will share key success factors for building, sustaining and advancing the use of indicators and performance measures at the DNR. These include maintaining strategic alignment, developing organization capacity through people, process and technology, and integrating data governance to ensure data is managed properly to achieve goals.

Speakers
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Charlotte Riggs

Senior Planner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources


Monday September 17, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Minnesota Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

11:00am

IPUMS Census and Survey Data Resources for Community-Centered Research
Finding appropriate census and survey data for comparative analysis across space and time can be a difficult and time-consuming process. IPUMS, part of the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation, greatly simplifies this process. We harmonize variables across time and space, provide comprehensive documentation, and disseminate the data, free of charge, through web-based access systems. This workshop will describe our rich collection of census and survey data, discuss our harmonization process, and provide hands-on experience navigating, acquiring, and analyzing data from two of our flagship products – IPUMS USA and IPUMS NHGIS. IPUMS USA contains almost a billion microdata records, detailing the complete responses from individuals and households for U.S. censuses and surveys from 1790 to the present. Individual-level detail in the microdata allows analysts to create highly-customized indicators. IPUMS NHGIS provides access to small-area census and survey data and associated mapping files. The fine-grained spatial resolution allows analysts to create indicators for specific neighborhoods or regions. NHGIS time series link comparable data together across time, making it easier to measure changes in community characteristics. If you need demographic and socioeconomic data for your community indicator projects, this workshop is for you!

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Schroeder

Jonathan Schroeder

Research Scientist, IPUMS, Institute for Social Research & Data Innovation, University of Minnesota
I spend most of my time developing geographic data products (i.e., wrangling U.S. census data), free for all to use through IPUMS websites, including the National Historical Geographic Information System (www.nhgis.org) and IPUMS USA (usa.ipums.org). But I generally love everything... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Johnson Great Room
  • Presentation Format WORKSHOP (50 min.)

11:00am

Building Wakanda - Cross-sector Partnerships and Impact Investing to Build a More Equitable Future.
Historically faced with poverty and long-term neighborhood challenges, North Minneapolis is now home to several examples of high-impact transformative cross-sector partnerships and investments. How can private investors, government, corporations and the community work collaboratively to design a community credit union, grocery stores, clinics, a state of the art technology center, among other projects to support economic recovery and ensure a thriving community? This session will examine unconventional deal structures, key community relationships, and lessons learned.

Speakers
avatar for Stephannie L. Lewis

Stephannie L. Lewis

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Social Impact Strategies Group
Stephannie brings more than 10 years of combined experience in project management, program management, operations, public policy research and consulting to her role as Strategic Partnerships Manager at Social Impact Strategies Group (SISG). She brings high energy, passion and a spirit... Read More →
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Elaine Rasmussen

CEO, Social Impact Strategies Group
Thank you for joining us at ConnectUP! MN. We can’t wait to celebrate the entrepreneur ecosystem with you and learn more about what it takes to build a stronger, inclusive and equitable entrepreneur ecosystem.Instead of posting a bio we ask you to answer the following questions:What... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Ski-U-Mah Room
  • Presentation Format Workshop (50 min.)

11:00am

Family-Centered Measures of Access to Early Care and Education
Access to affordable, high-quality early care and education (ECE) is important for families and communities because of the dual role of ECE in facilitating employment of parents and in supporting child development. As understanding of the importance of early childhood learning environments expands, disparities in access to high-quality ECE have become of increasing concern to policymakers. To ensure adequate access to child care and early education, particularly for low-income families, policymakers and planners need accurate measures of access in order to target resources to locations and families with greatest need. Most studies of ECE access rely on counts of licensed capacity of child care providers within specific geographic areas such as census tracts or ZIP codes. These indicators ignore the reality that families can cross administrative boundaries to find the nearest or preferred child care provider.

In this presentation, we introduce new family-centered indicators of access to early care and education (ECE) services with respect to quantity, cost, and quality.  We present three types of indicators to capture three different and important dimensions of access: quantity, cost and quality.

The findings show that conclusions one draws about child care accessibility in different communities can sharply differ depending on how access measures are calculated. These improved indicators of accessibility yield better understanding of unmet childcare needs of different communities across the state.

Speakers
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Elizabeth Davis

University of Minnesota
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Jonathan May

Director of Innovation, Think Small


Monday September 17, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Heritage Gallery
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

11:00am

Indicators of Youth Personal Agency
The Sundance Research Cohort is a partnership between the Sundance Family Foundation and Wilder Research to measure impact of 12 Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) programs. The Sundance Research Cohort has developed a set of indicators that measure the personal agency of youth to complement their Work Readiness Survey (modified from the Department of Labor’s WIA Tool) that measures 14 indicators of work readiness.  A self-administered Youth Retrospective Survey measures key indicators of youth’s social emotional development, such as confidence, trust and personal goal identification.  These indicators measure both the impact of programs on youth and are important for youth's future success.

This presentation will describe the YSE model: a trifecta of social/emotional development, community engagement, workforce readiness & agile thinking, outline the challenges of measuring future youth success, review tools to measure success, and discuss how those tools can best be used by other nonprofits seeking to measure youth personal agency.

Speakers
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Peg Thomas

Executive Director, Sundance Family Foundation
I have been managing a Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) "earn and learn" model where nonprofit youth training programs support the recruitment and retention needs of local employers and manufacturers. We make the connections.
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Jennifer Valorose

Wilder Research


Monday September 17, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Heritage Gallery
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

12:00pm

Lunch
Buffet-style lunch

Monday September 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Memorial Hall

12:40pm

Impact Awards
Monday September 17, 2018 12:40pm - 1:00pm
Memorial Hall

1:00pm

Keynote Address: ...Damn Lies and Statistics in a Post-Truth Era: Data and knowledge communities in the movement for a more inclusive economy
Dr. Chris Brenner, co-author (with Manual Pastor) of Equity, Community, and Growth: What the Nation Can Learn From America’s Metropolitan Regions,  Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions, and This Could Be the Start of Something Big: How Social Movements for Regional Equity are Transforming Metropolitan America will keynote the 2018 Impact Summit.  In his work, research and teaching, Dr. Benner ponders technological change, economic restructuring, and social equity, topics that are at the heart of the challenge community indicators project face in their quest to move the needle.

Dr. Benner is Dorothy E. Everett Chair in Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship, Director, Everett Program for Technology and Social Change, Professor, Environmental Studies and Sociology at University of California, Santa Cruz.


Speakers
avatar for Chris Benner

Chris Benner

Professor, Environmental Studies and Sociology, Everett Program for Technology and Social Change, University of California, Santa Cruz
Dr. Chris Benner is the Dorothy E. Everett Chair in Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship, and a Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology.  He currently directs the Everett Program for Technology and Social Change and the Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Memorial Hall

2:00pm

Who's Responsible? A Look at Accountability for Different Populations and How to Manage It
The question of accountability continues to plague public-sector partnerships, deteriorate best efforts and practices, and exhaust great leaders. The big question is - Is a single program responsible for impact on an entire population? Join Michael Adrian, Implementation Success Manager at Clear Impact, to explore the differing answers to this question from funders, program managers, and other public sector professionals. Then be informed on how to handle this question eloquently to strengthen partnerships and build understanding. Finally, participants will also witness a data communication system that can help resolve this quandary for good and see it in action in a community.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Adrian

Michael Adrian

Implementation Success Manager, Clear Impact
Michael Adrian joined the Clear Impact team in 2014 with a strong belief in the Results-Based Accountability methodology and a dedication to those that Clear Impact serves. His work is marked with diligence, positivity, and passion for those that he interacts with.Under his guidance... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Minnesota Room
  • Presentation Format WORKSHOP (50 min.)

2:00pm

Bridging map-based and table-based user experiences
Users already know and understand Google maps/general web map interfaces. They have some assumptions about what they can do – zoom, pan, click to select something. Users also generally have a good understanding of table-based data as data are often presented in a table format. But these two formats are often not displayed together. How do we bridge tables and interactive maps to build a positive user experience?

Speakers
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Steven Aviles

Research Associate, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
GISSing
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Julian Kittelson-Aldred

Web developer, Minnesota Compass // Wilder Research


Monday September 17, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Johnson Great Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

2:00pm

Data Viz: Lessons in patience, progress, and powerful new communication modes
In this session we will briefly describe our work and progress with data visualization: helpful hints, lessons learned, and useful resources. In the APM Research Lab’s “Lab Notes” blog, we have begun using Tableau-based data vizzes to communicate simple changes over time, such as women's participation in the labor force, or more complex patterns such as state-by-state domestic migration. We will share both our own examples as well as others we have found inspiring and useful.

Speakers
avatar for Kassira Absar

Kassira Absar

Research Associate, APM Research Lab
survey research and design, human rights, international development, social equity
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Andi Egbert

Sr. Research Associate, APM Research Lab
Demographics, education, workforce, data viz, all things Census. @dataANDInfo @APMResearch Check out our #RepresentingUS project at bit.ly/RepresentingUS


Monday September 17, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Johnson Great Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

2:00pm

YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR TOOL, YOUR WAY: A new platform for Community Indicator Systems – learning from the redevelopment of Peg
Community indicator systems are catalysts for development. However, establishing and maintaining a community indicator system can be political, costly and labour intensive. Without an indicator system, how are communities expected to manage what they cannot measure? Recognizing this issue, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has created an online indicator platform tailored specifically to the unique requirements of community indicator systems. Through Peg, Winnipeg’s CIS developed in partnership with the United Way Winnipeg, this presentation explores the platform’s functionalities, structure and techniques for gathering and communicating data and highlights how the simplicity of the tool allows it to be implemented and customized at the local level or scaled-up to the global level.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Temmer

Jennifer Temmer

Project Officer, IISD


Monday September 17, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Ski-U-Mah Room
  • Presentation Format PANEL (50 min.)

2:00pm

Making Multi-Faceted Indicators Approachable
The Arkansas Community Foundation created Aspire Arkansas to provide its communities with a tool to help drive improved charitable giving and inform positive community change across the state. It is meant to be both a yardstick of current state progress and a compass to help focus and drive efforts for improvement. To accomplish this, the Community Foundation needed interactive and holistic indicators that reported not only the overall state of affairs, but also examined disparities by geography, race and gender. The Aspire Arkansas site makes these multi-layered indicators approachable and digestible allowing community members to gain insights that are both broad (how the state ranks nationally) and deep (how the issue impacts different subgroups and each of the 75 counties differently). Creating these indicators requires intensive data collection from a multitude of sources and a synthesizing analysis that helps make meaning of how the different pieces of each indicator fit together to tell an overarching story.

Speakers
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Zohar Perla

Research Associate, CGR


Monday September 17, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Heritage Gallery
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

2:00pm

Neighborhood prerequisites for transit readiness and the Transit Market Index
For the past two decades, MetroTransit and Metropolitan Council have used transit market areas to plan and deploy appropriate transit service in the Twin Cities metro area. Over time, the determination of transit market areas has become more analytic. The transit market index introduced by Council staff in 2010 considered local population concentration, employment concentration, and transit dependency. These factors, measured and summarized for Census block groups, were combined into a simple index intended to represent local level preconditions and potential for transit service.
Metro Transit uses the transit market index and transit market areas to target investment and service deployment. High-frequency local route services and dedicated transitways are deployed in local areas with the greatest local potential for ridership response. The transit market index may be a useful device for understanding local factors that cumulatively make transit service viable.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Graham

Todd Graham

principal forecaster, Metropolitan Council
urban land economics, urban geography, development and morphology, land use forecast models, socioeconomic data and analysis, regional planning applications of models, government statistics, especially census, and a little bit of demography. On twitter @metrogram. Board chair of @TCresearchgroup... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Heritage Gallery
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

2:00pm

Powered by Pecha Kucha: Measure and engage for results
A series of short, dynamic presentations using the Pecha Kucha format of 20 slides x 20 seconds.

Minnesota Dashboard: 40 quality of life indicators to guide the state  
Presenter: Jeffrey Niblack  
Description: The Minnesota Dashboard present 40 quality of life indicators for the state of Minnesota. The Results Management team at Minnesota Management and Budget developed the Dashboard in partnership with state agencies to ensure that the measures are both relevant for Minnesotans and are consistent with metrics that are meaningful for agencies as well.  Navigating from the Minnesota Dashboard website provides a deep well of data for many of the indicators including demographic breakdowns and trend data.

Hard Facts in Action 
Presenter: Ann Johnson  
Description: This Pecha Kucha presentation will demonstrate ACT Rochester’s process, to help our community LEARN, CONNECT and ACT when the new report was published Hard Facts: Race and Ethnicity in the Nine-County Greater Rochester Area.

ConnectUP! 
Presenter: Courtney Overby  
Description: ConnectUP! MN is a replicable and transformational relationship capstone convening for investors and entrepreneurs and entrepreneur ecosystem grounded in inclusive & equitable economic development values.

Community Credit Conditions  
Presenter: Emily Perlmeter  
Description: Access to credit is key to an individual’s financial well-being and ability to participate fully in the economy.  Therefore, understanding the landscape of debt performance and credit access is paramount to understanding the financial and economic state of a community. However, indicators of loan performance are largely unavailable at a county, ZIP or community level. Given the nation’s history of unequal credit access, examination of these issues at a neighborhood level is essential.  The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ study on Community Credit Conditions attempts to look at debt performance and access on a neighborhood level, using mapping analysis and charts.

Activating an Ecosystem: How Collaboration Accelerates Impact  
Presenter: Louisa Shepherd  
Description: In the world of economic development, indicators of success exist all around us, from revitalized arts districts, to bustling new food halls, to successful small businesses that anchor communities and create jobs. Often times successes can be spotted everywhere, but measuring them can be a tricky business; systems for collecting and synthesizing the indicators of those successe are often siloed and not shared.  In Memphis, our ecosystem has taken a new approach to measuring successes.  By proactively seeking opportunities to share data and resources, other regions can articulate its collective impact better, and can make better decisions that will benefit the communities we serve.

Getting More Bang for Your Focus Group Buck  
Presenter: Jennifer Anderson-Ochoa  
Description: One of the limitations of using focus groups to gather data is the small sample size. How would you like to reach 45 people per focus group instead of 15? Applied Survey Research will share a methodology we used to triple the sample size and the amount of data collected in a single, town hall-style focus group. 

Implementing Technology Tools for Better Measuring of Wellbeing
Presenter: Emily Neilson-Winkler
 Description: We showcase the tools and methods to define, measure and analyze community needs and desires, enabling better data driven decisions,  showcasing the diversity and flexibility of the tools across different cultural areas, due to the common denominator of wellbeing science.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Anderson-Ochoa

Jennifer Anderson-Ochoa

Project Manager, Applied Survey Research
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Ann Johnson

Executive Director, ACT Rochester
Ann Johnson, ACT Rochester director for over nine years, has extensive leadership experience in business, government, education and the non-profit sector. She is highly effective at building and leveraging relationships to maximize productivity and drive positive change.A native of... Read More →
avatar for Emily Neilson-Winkler

Emily Neilson-Winkler

CEO, BBetter
We survey your community with an innovative app to measure and improve well-being, by providing critical insights to your community.
avatar for Jeffrey Niblack

Jeffrey Niblack

Results Management Specialist, Minnesota Management and Budget
Jeff is part of Minnesota Management and Budget's (MMB) Results Management team, which works across agencies to facilitate the use of data to improve the lives of Minnesotans. As part of this team, Jeff manages the Minnesota Dashboard and other internal dashboards, initiative. Prior... Read More →
avatar for Courtney Overby

Courtney Overby

Convening Circles, Social Impact Strategies Group
Community Wealth Building enthusiast --- fierce social and environmental justice advocate ---strategist, and convener --- nature fanatic --- observer --- systems entrepreneur --- queer-fem Masters of Public Policy and Masters of Business Administration Dual Degree, 2021, Humphrey... Read More →
avatar for Emily Perlmeter

Emily Perlmeter

Analyst, Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank
EMILY RYDER PERLMETER is the Community Development Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, where she conducts research on issues relating to consumer finance, small business and the impact of public policies on low- and moderate-income communities. She earned an MPA from New... Read More →
avatar for Louisa Shepherd

Louisa Shepherd

Director, Collective Impact, Epicenter
Louisa serves as the Director of Collective Impact at Epicenter, Memphis’s hub for entrepreneurship and innovation. At Epicenter, Louisa leads strategic initiatives to collect data and measure entrepreneurial activity across the city of Memphis and further Epicenter’s mission... Read More →



Monday September 17, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Memorial Hall

2:50pm

Break
Monday September 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:10pm
TBA

3:10pm

Dakota County Strategic Plan Goals
Several years ago, Dakota County began the process of implementing Results Based Accountability (RBA) across the organization. This implementation has included several initiatives related to refining performance measures for programs and services at the staff level, and identifying community indicators at the Commissioner level. During this talk, we will present an overview of the work completed to date, next steps on the horizon, challenges encountered, as well as accomplishments achieved and lessons learned. We will include a particular focus on the tools and processes used, as well as the challenge of integrating indicators and measures in Dakota County.

Speakers
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Jessie Carlson

Manager Dakota County Office of Performance and Analysis, Dakota County
Jessica is the Manager of the Dakota County Office of Performance and Analysis. In this position she is responsible for overseeing a team of analysts that work on performance measurement, evaluation, and process improvement projects. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from... Read More →
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Hoang Ton

Management Analyst, Dakota County
Hoang Ton joined Dakota County as a Management Analyst in 2010. He works on a variety of projects including program evaluation, process improvement, and statistical analysis. One of his responsibilities is working on community indicator data for Dakota County. He has a Master’s... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Minnesota Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

3:10pm

Metropolitan Council Housing Policy Plan Indicators Dashboard
With Thrive MSP 2040, the 30-year vision for the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Region, the Metropolitan Council focused on an outcome-orientation to its regional policy including the 2040 Housing Policy Plan, adopted in December 2014. The 2040 Housing Policy Plan Indicators are summarized in an interactive dashboard, which serves as the foundation for continuous improvement, public accountability, and dialogue between the Council and our partners and stakeholders. The indicators tell us about the state of housing in the region. Which policies are working well? How might we revise our policies where performance is less than our expectations? What can the Council do to advance these outcomes? The dashboard lays out 19 indicators grouped into four themes: 1) Housing cost burden, 2) New affordable housing, 3) Housing options in communities, and 4) Housing options near Transit. In this presentation, the dashboard will be presented along with a dialogue on future work to continue building and improving the indicators and dashboard.

Speakers
avatar for Krysten Lynn Ryba-Tures

Krysten Lynn Ryba-Tures

Senior Researcher, Metropolitan Council
I do left-brain right.


Monday September 17, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Minnesota Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

3:10pm

MSP Regional Indicator Dashboard – Process and Impact
The presentation will discuss the development of the Regional Dashboard and how it informs regional action. The talk will focus on the interplay between the Regional Competitiveness Working Group and the Research Team in guiding the development of the Dashboard and the partnerships created by GREATER MSP to collect and analyze data from other organizations in the region. The presentation will include discussion on the impact the Regional Indicators Dashboard has created by informing community actors to tackle issues the data from the Dashboard has discovered.

Speakers
avatar for Maurice Harris

Maurice Harris

Research Manager, GREATER MSP


Monday September 17, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Johnson Great Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

3:10pm

The Community Opportunity Map: A Tool for Mapping Community Indicators Associated with Child Maltreatment Using the American Community Survey
Research demonstrates that community characteristics – for example, concentrated poverty, unemployment and degree of residential instability – are associated with rates of child maltreatment and can influence child and family well-being. Mapping community-level characteristics provides decision makers with a valuable tool for better serving children and families. The Community Opportunity Map (COM), developed by Community Attributes Inc. and customized for Casey Family Programs, is an interactive mapping platform that displays publicly available community data in user-specified geographic areas, from state and county levels down to neighborhoods. The COM is designed as a tool for establishing municipal priorities, engaging cross-sector partners and community stakeholders, allocating and targeting scarce resources, and, ultimately, preventing child abuse and neglect through community-level interventions.

Speakers
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Kristen Rudlang-Perman

Director, Data Analytics & Visualization, Casey Family Programs


Monday September 17, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Johnson Great Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

3:10pm

MAP Dashboard: Engaging the Southern Arizona Community
This presentation will highlight how the Making Action Possible (MAP) Dashboard successfully engages our partners, stakeholders, and the Southern Arizona community through the use of compelling visualizations and storytelling.  The MAP partnership is unique to our community and is the first time the business and non-profit communities, along with government, have successfully collaborated with the University. In contrast to many local initiatives, the partnership was crucial in maximizing the diversity of participants in our community engagement process.  The presentation will conclude with an example of how the MAP Dashboard tells the story through visualizations.

Speakers
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Jennifer Pullen

Research Economist and Program Coordinator, MAP Dashboard, Economic and Business Research Center, University of Arizona
As a research economist in the Economic and Business Research Center at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management, Jennifer is currently project manager and analyst for the Making Action Possible (MAP) Dashboard. The MAP Dashboard was created to measurably improve... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Ski-U-Mah Room
  • Presentation Format Talk (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

3:10pm

Rewriting the Rural Narrative: Leadership and Engagement
This engagement will allow participants to learn how just one data source - the National Center for Charitable Statistics - has enabled us to conduct rich educational offerings around social capital in ways that counter the negative narrative that exists regarding the "decline of social capital" as it pertains to rural communities. Using simple data visualization we are able to create "consumable" information that allows community leaders to better understand trends related to civic life.

Speakers
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Ben Winchester

Senior Research Fellow, University of Minnesota Extension
Ben has been working both in and for small towns across the Midwest for over 20 years. He is trained as a Rural Sociologist and works as a Senior Research Fellow for the University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Community Vitality. He conducts applied research on economic, social... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Ski-U-Mah Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

3:10pm

Getting to good data, not just easy data: Using core principles to improve how well your data represents the community
At The Improve Group, we have experienced the effectiveness of using values to frame decisions for data collection. We will draw on 3 recent statewide surveys that illustrate how a set of core principles needs to shape outreach in order to achieve better representation. We have found this framework to be of particular importance in longitudinal, individual-level data collection – such as you may use to chart changes in community indicators over time.

Speakers
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Daren Nyquist

Director of Consulting, The Improve Group
Daren Nyquist, M.P.P., is a Director of Consulting at The Improve Group, a woman-owned, full-service evaluation, research, and strategic planning consulting firm based in St. Paul. The Improve Group is committed to helping local, national, and international organizations make the... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Heritage Gallery
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

3:10pm

Goldilocks Data-Data at the scale of action.
Community Indicators efforts often use action and moving the needle as a rallying point for launching their web sites. However, when it comes to using data to drive decision making and measure progress, finding the right data can seem like a Goldilocks endeavor- some data have too large an estimation error, others have too small a sample, and yet others have too long a period between measurements. Finding the data source that is "just right" can take considerable community collaboration and data sharing. We share lessons learned from the experience of Central New York as it learned of its number 1 national ranking for concentrated poverty and then sought to create a local measure that could be used to identify progress. The result has been a work in progress scale the includes data routinely collected and mapped from a series of partners.

Speakers
avatar for Frank Ridzi

Frank Ridzi

Vice President Community Investment / Assoc Prof, Central New York Community Foundation and Le Moyne College
Frank Ridzi, PhD, MPA, is Vice President for Community Investment at the Central New York Community Foundation, Associate Professor of Sociology at Le Moyne College and President of the Board of Directors for the Community Indicators Consortium. Frank has helped to launch and lead... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Heritage Gallery
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

3:10pm

Powered by Pecha Kucha: Data tools From Small Areas to the World
A series of short, dynamic presentations using the Pecha Kucha format of 20 slides x 20 seconds.

Using GIS to Create Small Area Demographic Profiles  
Presenter: Steven Aviles  
Description: This presentation will examine the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) and geospatial analysis in creating a small area profile. When conventional geographic boundaries do not adhere to a study area and data becomes unreliable at a certain geographic scale, GIS can be used to solve these problems. Using examples from the Twin Cities, this presentation will demonstrate GIS methods and describe which geographies to use when most appropriate.

"Small area data visualization – Tools to access socio-economic data from the Census of Population  Presenter: Geoffrey Li  
Description: Enhance your analysis with small-area maps! Socio-economic indicators from the Canadian Census of Population can be easily accessed via the data visualization tools available from Statistics Canada.  This presentation will serve as a quick introduction to the different visualization tools that can be accessed from the Census web module, and demonstrate the functionality of the Census Program Data Viewer (CPDV).  

Crowdsport and Participatory GIS  
Presenter: Melanie  Davern  
Description:

The Power of Aligning Data Measurements Across Community Strategies  
Presenter: Mary Beth Lawler
Description: Discover how to align common measurement tools across common programs reporting on the same strategies. Communities strive to see what is happening in real time and see results across all programs  This data collection method will allow funders to see results across specific set segments and this will allow grantees to see results and make adjustments to service delivery to increase their results.

More isn’t always more: Everything you don’t need to worry about with web analytics 
Presenter: Julian Kittelson-Aldred  
Description: So you’ve installed a web analytics product (e.g. Google Analytics) on your community website…what next? Indictor projects often don’t have the same goals as commercial websites, which means that getting meaningful data out of business-oriented analytics products requires some creative thinking. I’ll share some tips that Minnesota Compass learned during a recent external evaluation about what analytics matter and when to discard the rules.

Census and Survey Data from Around the World - An Introduction to IPUMS International  
Presenter: David  Van Riper  
Description: Community indicator projects are increasingly international in scope, and they require data from different countries’ censuses and surveys. IPUMSInternational, part of the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation,lowers the barrier to accessing these data. IPUMS International contains over a billion microdata records, detailing the complete responses from individuals and households from 345 censuses and surveys in 89 countries. This presentation will describe our data holdings, acquisition strategy, harmonization of variables across space and time, data access system, and the geographic detail available in the microdata. We will also describe a new product that will provide small-area census data for countries not currently in IPUMS International.

Using Machine Learning to Analyze Barriers to Trade 
Presenter: Anton Prokopyev  
Description: The World Bank, in collaboration with United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), is aiming to remedy gaps in trade, tariff and non-tariff measures data collection and dissemination and to place financing of associated databases and analytical tools on a firm foundation. We aim to facilitate the process of identifying NTMs in official documents with automation using machine learning and thus save valuable donor resources for solving of other problems.


Speakers
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Steven Aviles

Research Associate, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
GISSing
avatar for Melanie Davern

Melanie Davern

Senior Research Fellow Co-Director Healthy Liveable Cities Group, RMIT University
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Dawn Helmrich

Director of Research and Evaluation, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
Dawn Helmrich is the Director of Research and Evaluation at United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County. During her tenure she has helped develop the Community Outcomes Project into a nationally recognized model and works directly with the community to ensure that funded programs... Read More →
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Julian Kittelson-Aldred

Web developer, Minnesota Compass // Wilder Research
avatar for Anton Prokopyev

Anton Prokopyev

Data Scientist, The World Bank



Monday September 17, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Memorial Hall
  • Presentation Format Powered by Pecha Kucha

4:10pm

The Community Quarterback - Using Data and Scorecards to Strategically Target Interventions
In Waco, Texas, 43% of adults believe a child’s brain develops most rapidly between the ages of 37 months and five years, and 10% believe most development happens after the age of six. Using this information in conjunction with data from our local school district, members of Prosper Waco’s School Readiness Working Group strategically target interventions and school readiness awareness campaigns where it is needed the most. Participants will leave the session with a working knowledge of how groups can use community- and organizational-level data to frame conversations, encourage new partnerships, and advance the community’s collaborative work toward ensuring all children are healthy, safe, and successful learners.

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Fitz-Chapman

Brittany Fitz-Chapman

Director of Data and Research, Prosper Waco
Brittany is the Director of Data and Research for a collective impact initiative in Waco, Texas that focuses on improving the Health, Education, and Financial Security of local residents. With her PhD in Applied Sociology she works with the non-profit sector to build capacity regarding... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Minnesota Room
  • Presentation Format WORKSHOP (50 min.)

4:10pm

Tools and indicators to illuminate the connection between educational choices, demographic characteristics, and workplace success
We present an overview of the Minnesota Graduate Employment Outcomes tool (https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/etd/Results.aspx ) and an online dashboard (https://mn.gov/deed/data/data-tools/graduate-employment-outcomes/race-geo.jsp ) showing how many college graduates found jobs after graduation, annual/hourly wages and wage growth over time, industries and regions of employment, and racial disparities in labor market outcomes. This growing body of information can contribute to an improvement in Minnesotans’ career and educational choices, a better alignment of the output of higher education to the needs of businesses, and can help shape policies aimed at addressing existing disparities.

Speakers
avatar for Alessia Leibert

Alessia Leibert

Research Project Manager, DEED
Alessia is a Project Manager for the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). She is an expert in Skills Gaps surveys, analysis of occupational hiring demand, and use of longitudinal data for assessing education and employment outcomes of post-secondary students... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Johnson Great Room
  • Presentation Format Workshop (50 min.)

4:10pm

Still Lonely in Vancouver? Troubling signs in uncertain times.
In 2012, Vancouver Foundation identified social isolation as a pressing problem. Although the survey and expectations of its impact were small, the survey ignited a big response in the press and among organizations and government.  In 2017, Vancouver Foundation commissioned a 5 year follow up survey and research to explore and quantify the results of our influence in the 5 years since the release of our 2012 survey. Identifying indicators for this research, comparing the 5 year data trends and creating and sharing the results has influenced policy, inspired others to action and resulted in many initiatives dedicated to increase connections and engagement of residents of our region.  Sharing the story of this 5 year research and public engagement journey will highlight the value of indicator research.

Speakers
avatar for Trina Prior

Trina Prior

Manager of Partnerships, Vancouver Foundation
Trina Prior is the Manager of Partnerships & Community Initiatives at Vancouver Foundation, one of Canada’s largest community foundations. Her recent work has focused on community engagement and collaboration, including the 2017 Connect & Engage report for Metro Vancouver and the... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Ski-U-Mah Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

4:10pm

The application of indicators in regional Victoria, Australia as a catalyst for evidence-based planning, partnership development and community engagement
Like most learning, the practice and application of indicators is often informed by other indicator initiatives. Many of these initiatives include indicators that have been developed within large urban contexts, particularly the application of spatial neighbourhood level indicators. This research will present the learnings gained from applying neighbourhood level spatial indicators in health and municipal planning across a number of municipalities in regional Victoria, Australia. It will provide results of the indicator assessments across different regions, the unique applications in regional areas and describe how the indicators have been used to build partnerships within communities and across different tiers of government. The research demonstrates how indicators are a powerful source of evidence for policy development, partnership building and community engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Davern

Melanie Davern

Senior Research Fellow Co-Director Healthy Liveable Cities Group, RMIT University


Monday September 17, 2018 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Ski-U-Mah Room
  • Presentation Format Talk (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

4:10pm

Climate Resilience Screening Index (CRSI): Development and Application
Natural disasters often impose significant and long-lasting stress on financial, social and ecological systems. Across the nation, there is a recognition that the benefits of creating environments resilient to adverse climate events helps promote and sustain county and community success over time. The challenge for communities is in finding ways to balance the need to preserve the socio-ecological systems on which they depend in the face of constantly changing natural hazard threats. The Climate Resilience Screening Index (CRSI) has been developed as an endpoint for characterizing county and community resilience outcomes that are based on risk profiles and responsive to changes in governance, societal, built and natural system characteristics. The Climate Resilience Screening Index (CRSI) framework serves as a conceptual roadmap showing how acute climate events impact resilience after factoring in the county and community characteristics. By evaluating the factors that influence vulnerability and recoverability, an estimation of resilience can quantify how changes in these characteristics will impact resilience given specific hazard profiles. Ultimately, this knowledge will help communities identify potential areas to target for increasing resilience to acute climate events.

Speakers
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James Summers

Senior Research Ecologist, US EPA


Monday September 17, 2018 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Heritage Gallery
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

4:10pm

The Need for Nuance: Environmental Key Performance Indicators in the Healthcare Sector
It is well understood that patient and community health is impacted by the health of the surrounding
environment, including the impacts that our healthcare facilities have on the external environment. Stemming from the presenter’s 2017 doctoral dissertation that developed environmental key performance indicators for the long term care sector, this presentation will look at why indicators developed for hospitals did not work well for long term care facilities.  Individual examples will be presented, as well as a discussion about the dangers of over-generalizing key environmental performance indicators for a sector as large and as broad as healthcare.

In summary, participants will learn that without appropriately developed environmental key performance
indicators, we cannot effectively move the dial on demonstrating measurable, meaningful, and targeted environmental improvements. Overgeneralizations such as “reducing waste” and “reducing energy” will no longer define our work; we must be attentive, nuanced, and rigorous in our methods to find those categories of performance that can be influenced and ultimately improved. 

Speakers
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Crystal Fashant

Metropolitan State University


Monday September 17, 2018 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Heritage Gallery
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

6:30pm

Reception
All conference attendees are invited to attend the reception. Relax, power up, and connect with fellow attendees. Drinks and appetizers will be served.

 
Tuesday, September 18
 

8:00am

Breakfast with optional discussion groups
Continental breakfast served buffet-style.  

Two informal rounds of discussion will be offered during breakfast, starting at  8:15.  Grab a plate and a cup, and join the circle.
  • "Publish or perish" (Frank Ridzi):  Many in the indicator field are under pressure to publish; others just have important things to say and would like a venue for it.  CIC would like to start a discussion on what is needed, who is interested, and what is would mean.  
  • Census Bureau focus group: Focus on Economic Data (Rebecca Hutchinson): Demand for more timely and more detailed official economic statistics produced by the Economic Directorate of the United States Census Bureau is increasing along with costs of traditional survey data collection, and a changing economic landscape, making it challenging for the Economic Directorate to meet its data users’ needs. If you are, or could be, a user of economic data or would like to see new products using alternative data sources, this discussion is your chance to let the Bureau know how products could be improved to be of more value.  The Economic Directorate is also interested in learning what other data products are used by communities across the country.




Speakers
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Rebecca Hutchinson

Big Data Lead Economic Indicators Division, United States Census Bureau
avatar for Frank Ridzi

Frank Ridzi

Vice President Community Investment / Assoc Prof, Central New York Community Foundation and Le Moyne College
Frank Ridzi, PhD, MPA, is Vice President for Community Investment at the Central New York Community Foundation, Associate Professor of Sociology at Le Moyne College and President of the Board of Directors for the Community Indicators Consortium. Frank has helped to launch and lead... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Memorial Hall

9:00am

Plenary Panel: Data to Action
This panel of experts will discuss Minnesota’s most successful, most data driven community change efforts with success stories and advice applicable to a broad audience.

Moderators
avatar for Allison Liuzzi

Allison Liuzzi

Research Manager, Wilder

Speakers
avatar for Mary Kay Bailey

Mary Kay Bailey

Founder and Principal , MK Bailey Consulting
Mary Kay Bailey directed the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative and the regional Corridors of Opportunity Initiative at the Saint Paul Foundation. In this capacity she managed the operations of these cross-sector initiatives that focused on advancing development in the region’s... Read More →
avatar for Tawanna Black

Tawanna Black

Founder and CEO , Center for Economic Inclusion (CFEI)
 Tawanna is the Founder and CEO of the Center for Economic Inclusion, a new regional cross-sector organization created to disrupt market forces and strengthen civic infrastructure in order to catalyze an inclusive, prosperous economy for all; and the Executive Director of the Northside... Read More →
avatar for Peter Frosch

Peter Frosch

Vice President of Strategic Partnership, Greater MSP
Peter Frosch  is responsible for developing and implementing the economic development strategy for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region.  To do this work, Peter builds and leads high-performing project teams comprised of senior leaders from private, public, academic and philanthropic... Read More →
avatar for Sondra Samuels

Sondra Samuels

President & CEO, Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ)
Sondra Samuels is the President & CEO of the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ), a collaborative of over 40 partner non-profits and schools.  Along with parents, students, partners and staff, Sondra is leading a revolutionary culture shift in North Minneapolis that is focused on ending... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Memorial Hall

10:10am

Organizing, Sharing and Communicating Regional and Local Data for Community Health Improvement (CANCELLED)
The work of community health improvement is ever changing and evolving within a context of complexity that has increased focus on data and “results”. And, sometimes the language and tools we use make it seem even more complicated and daunting. WNC Healthy Impact regional representatives will facilitate a conversation about realities they have experienced within organizing, sharing, and communicating, data with partners and communities related to “results” of their community health improvement efforts.
Presenters will demonstrate an electronic version of a community health improvement plan (CHIP) and Hospital Implementation Strategy and discuss how these scorecards, along with ongoing training and technical support, are helping to organize and align community health improvement efforts. 

Speakers
avatar for Jo Bradley

Jo Bradley

Data Manager and Improvement Specialist, WNC Health Network


Tuesday September 18, 2018 10:10am - 11:00am
Minnesota Room
  • Presentation Format WORKSHOP (50 min.)

10:10am

Community Impact Through Data-Driven Action Teams
Using examples from the Heart of New Ulm Project, this workshop will outline the importance and process involved with building community capacity, cross-sector alignment and integrating data into decision-making. The audience will be engaged in an active discussion of how data can be used to inform interventions and policy, systems and environmental changes, evaluate progress and empower community stakeholders. Via a relevant selection of case studies, attendees will learn the importance of issue-driven action teams that use data to inform their efforts. Throughout the workshop, guided small group discussions will provide the opportunity to work collaboratively with other attendees.

Speakers
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Derek Hersch

Project Leader, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
avatar for Cindy Winters

Cindy Winters

Project Manager, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
I am passionate about community health, specifically improving the built environment. I facilitate a diverse cross sector team of community leaders that are working hard to improve the health of the residents of New Ulm through systems, policy and environmental change.


Tuesday September 18, 2018 10:10am - 11:00am
Memorial Hall
  • Presentation Format WORKSHOP (50 min.)

10:10am

The City Health Dashboard: City-level measures of health, health determinants and equity to foster population health improvement
Readily available data on health and health drivers, such as housing, education, economic development, are nearly always organized at the county, state or national level, not by city. The City Health Dashboard pulls together data from multiple national and state data sources, creating a one-stop resource. By providing city and neighborhood-specific data on health status, health determinants, and health equity all in one place, the City Health Dashboard provides a new way of developing and implementing strategies to improve health and well-being for communities. Originally launched in 2017 with four cities, in May 2018, it will expand to include data for 500 cities in the U.S. with populations over 70,000, promising to catalyze urban population health improvement efforts at a national scale.

Speakers

Tuesday September 18, 2018 10:10am - 11:00am
Johnson Great Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

10:10am

“Keeping Track Online” – A tool for mapping child and family well-being indicators, community risk rankings and community resources in New York City’s 59 community districts
There are approximately 1.8 million children living in New York City and the conditions these children and their families live in are unique and diverse as the city they call home.  For over twenty years, Citizens’ Committee for Children (CCC)  has maintained the database with hundreds of indicators tracking the well-being of New York City’s children and families over time with special attention to the vast disparities, especially by racial/ethnic background and neighborhood and that information is publicly available through a free online Keeping Track Online tool.  In addition to multiple indicators of child well-being, Keeping Track Online features two additional tools: Community Risk Ranking and Community Asset Mapping.

While Keeping Track Online is supporting and informing CCC’s own advocacy efforts, equally important is its role to be a user-friendly data resource for other stakeholders, such as community-based organizations, direct service providers, advocates, and others whose work is focused on improving communities and well-being of children, families and residents overall.

Speakers
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Marija Drobnjak

Data Analyst, Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York
Marija Drobnjak joined CCC's Research and Data team in 2017 with a strong belief that data-driven advocacy can make a difference for children in New York City's diverse neighborhoods. Marija is responsible for maintaining and updating the Keeping Track Online tool and producing CCC’s... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 10:10am - 11:00am
Johnson Great Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

10:10am

Gender inequities in wellbeing over time: Selected evidence from the Canadian Index of Wellbeing
Sharing a perspective similar to the social determinants of health, the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) monitors progress in wellbeing over time and considers the complexity of interactions among the many factors that contribute to wellbeing. In addition, the CIW examines how progress in wellbeing varies among sub-groups within the population based on characteristics such as age, income, and gender.

This study explored where any differences between male and female Canadians on several indicators of wellbeing exist and whether these differences have narrowed, widened, or remained the same over time. By doing so, we can highlight those areas where success in moving towards greater gender equity is occurring, but importantly, identify areas where we can do better in ensuring that women have the same opportunities to thrive.

Speakers
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Bryan Smale

Professor and Director, Canadian Index of Wellbeing


Tuesday September 18, 2018 10:10am - 11:00am
Heritage Gallery
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

10:10am

Business Strategies to Achieve Sustainability
Representatives from 4 indicators projects that have slightly different models of organization will discuss the business strategies they have used to sustain themselves. Panelists will briefly describe how they operate – e.g., their size, whether freestanding or part of a larger organization, their governance, their current sources of revenue, and key features of their history.

Panelists will address strategies their projects have taken to maintain strong relationships with stakeholders or to ensure adequate funding or generate revenue, how to sustain visible impacts in their communities, how to stay nimble and responsive over time.

Moderators
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Chantal Stevens

Executive Director, Community Indicators Consortium
Chantal Stevens joined the Community Indicators Consortium as an early Board Member, 2005-2008, then again in 2012 and has been CIC's Executive Director since 2013.  She's an experienced nonprofit manager who was formerly the Executive Director of Sustainable Seattle, a pioneer in... Read More →

Speakers
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Mark Abraham

Executive Director, DataHaven
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Susan Brutschy

President, Applied Survey Research
Ms. Brutschy is the co-founder and President of Applied Survey Research, a non-profit community research organization. She is an experienced sociologist and has spearheaded the development and implementation of hundreds of social research projects over the course of her 35-year career... Read More →
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Ann Johnson

Executive Director, ACT Rochester
Ann Johnson, ACT Rochester director for over nine years, has extensive leadership experience in business, government, education and the non-profit sector. She is highly effective at building and leveraging relationships to maximize productivity and drive positive change.A native of... Read More →
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Paul Mattessich

Executive Director, Wilder Research
Paul W. Mattessich, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of Wilder Research, which is one of the largest, nonpartisan research organizations in the United States dedicated to studying the effectiveness of human service, public health, and education programs and supporting their improvement... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 10:10am - 11:00am
Ski-U-Mah Room
  • Presentation Format PANEL (50 min.)

11:10am

A Community-Based Case Study Using the Canadian Index of Wellbeing: Tools and Tips for Community Development
Understanding community dynamics is challenging because communities are complex systems that are increasingly interconnected and constantly changing. Municipal leaders strive to offer a high quality of life for all of its residents, but they are challenged by the wide range of factors and conditions – both community-wide and individual – that influence wellbeing. In addition, increasing demands for accountability and transparency make it difficult to justify decisions without data to back them up. Consequently, in order to understand resident needs at this time of rapid growth and change, communities increasingly need valid and reliable data to inform their decisions.

This presentation tells the story of a rural community in northern Canada that conducted a Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) Community Wellbeing Survey in 2014. The evidence gathered from residents about the community and their wellbeing challenged existing assumptions and changed conversations about what pathways would lead to greater community quality of life. The data made it possible for stakeholders from different sectors to work together to address emerging issues and to develop innovative solutions to improve quality of life outcomes for residents. The presentation also provides examples from the case study of public engagement activities, communication materials, policy briefs, and other tips and tools that can help community developers move this work forward in their own communities.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Mattes

Nancy Mattes

CIW Community Development Lead, University of Waterloo
In my role with the Canadian Index of Wellbeing at the University of Waterloo, I work with Canadian communities to help them achieve their shared goals to improve the quality of life for residents.  I am the past chair of the Look into Wood Buffalo Community Wellbeing Survey Committee... Read More →
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Bryan Smale

Professor and Director, Canadian Index of Wellbeing


Tuesday September 18, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Memorial Hall
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

11:10am

Measuring City of Seattle’s progress on Digital Equity
As communities plan for and implement broadband adoption and digital inclusion or digital equity plans, they also need to clarify intended outcomes and measure impacts. The City of Seattle envisions the city as a place where technology’s opportunities equitably empower all residents and communities - especially for those who are historically underserved or underrepresented. This talk will provide a model for digital equity indicators, sharing how the City partnered with the University of Washington Information School (iSchool) to create a theory of change and indicator framework for the City of Seattle Digital Equity Initiative. The overview will include background on the plan and how the City is using the indicator data.

Speakers
avatar for David Keyes

David Keyes

Digital Equity Manager, City of Seattle Information Technology
David Keyes works at the intersection of information and communications technologies, race and social justice, and community capacity building. As manager of the City of Seattle’s Digital Equity Initiative he oversees strategic planning, policy and program evaluation. He was the... Read More →
avatar for Stacey Wedlake

Stacey Wedlake

Research Coordinator, Technology and Social Change Group, University of Washington
Stacey is a research coordinator with the Technology & Social Change Group. Her research interests include understanding the affordances and limitations of using different types of devices to interact with the Internet and what technology skills and access people need to accomplish... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Memorial Hall
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

11:10am

LOCALIZING THE SDGS: Lessons Learnt on discussing, monitoring, and reporting on the SDGs using the Peg Community Indicator System
In 2015, 193 nations signed on to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. As the SDGs gain momentum, cities and communities will be at the forefront of delivering change. However, how do communities respond to this call to action when there is a general lack of public knowledge around the SDGs and many of the SDGs lack data at the local level?  Peg is among the first to address and track the SDGs in their CIS. Building on Peg’s experiences with localizing the SDGs, this presentation will share lessons learned on how communities can track the SDGs, disseminate knowledge to policy makers and inform the public about the importance of the SDGs and achieving Agenda 2030.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Temmer

Jennifer Temmer

Project Officer, IISD


Tuesday September 18, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Johnson Great Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

11:10am

The Santa Cruz County Journey - Connecting Our County’s Youth Well-being Spotlight to the Sustainable Development Goals
Santa Cruz County’s community assessment project (CAP) has long been guided by its community focus of achieving well-being for ALL.  For over 20 years, stakeholder leadership has kept the CAP nimble as its journey from data to change pursues relevance through intentional alignment and a lens focused on equity.  Examples of the changing prioritizations and messaging will be shared focusing on the broader connection to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals  and other high level goals such as Healthy People 2020, County Health Rankings, and the UN Rights of The Child.  Re–envisioning with an eye towards continued sustainability and special population groups will also be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Brutschy

Susan Brutschy

President, Applied Survey Research
Ms. Brutschy is the co-founder and President of Applied Survey Research, a non-profit community research organization. She is an experienced sociologist and has spearheaded the development and implementation of hundreds of social research projects over the course of her 35-year career... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Johnson Great Room

11:10am

A Story of Partnership: East Side Health and Well-being Collaborative
Starting in 2015, HealthEast (now Fairview Health Services) convened nearly two dozen organizations to address the root causes of poor health at the neighborhood level.  Community partners identified local health and well-being needs and narrowed the group’s focus to two high-priority areas.  : 1) Access to Healthy Food and 2) Mental Health and Stress Resilience.

The 18-month pilot projects born of this process (East Side Table and the East Side Mental Health & Stress Resilience Partnership) embrace East Side communities’ unique cultural traditions and wisdom, build on existing strengths and resources, and acknowledge the challenges that many low-income East Side residents face every day.

This presentation will highlight those initiative and provide tools to attendees to:
1. Advocate for a collaborative model within their own organizations and communities
2. Shift their understanding of collaboration to one of “for” the community to “with” the community
3. Discuss the necessity of building a collaboration that grows and shares power to address the root causes of health

Speakers
avatar for Keith Allen

Keith Allen

Manager Community Collaborations, Fairview Health Services
Keith Allen is manager, Community Collaborations, Fairview Health Services. Prior to accepting this position Keith served as senior planning specialist with Ramsey County’s Policy and Planning Division, where he focused on high-priority, multi-sector initiatives and led the County’s... Read More →
avatar for Diane Tran

Diane Tran

Senior Director, Community Engagement, Fairview Health Services
Diane Tran is senior director, Community Engagement, Fairview Health Services. Prior to the combination of Fairview Health Systems and HealthEast, Diane served as system director, Neighborhood Integration and Community Engagement for HealthEast. Her career includes strategic community... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Minnesota Room
  • Presentation Format PANEL (50 min.)

11:10am

Let’s talk about meaningful family and community indicators that elevate assets and opportunities
We need strengths-based indicators to fully understand community life and issues, make informed decisions about policies and programs, and track progress toward sustainable and equitable communities. However, most indicator data on child, family, and community well-being available from the Census, state agencies, and other sources mostly measure and highlight deficits and problems. Panel members will draw on their experiences producing numerous collections of family and community “well-being” indicators and engage the audience in devising strategies for measuring and promoting asset-based indicators.


Tuesday September 18, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Heritage Gallery
  • Presentation Format PANEL (50 min.)

11:10am

Measuring impact: Findings and lessons from an evaluation of three indicator projects
CIC explains that “indicators measure what the community cares about and track whether the community is moving in the right direction.” But indicator projects can find it challenging to measure what their audiences care about, whether the project is moving in the right direction, and how the project is making impact in the community.
This panel session will describe select findings and lessons from an external evaluation of three indicator projects that receive support from the Bush Foundation: Minnesota Compass (www.mncompass.org), North Dakota Compass (www.ndcompass.org), and South Dakota Dashboard (www.sddashboard.org).
Panelists from each indicator project will share strengths and areas for improvement that emerged from the evaluation and what they are doing with the information to move their projects forward and will reflect on what additional information they would like to have to demonstrate impact, maintain relevance, plan for improvements, and sustain support. 

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Arzdorf-Schubbe (moderator)

Maggie Arzdorf-Schubbe (moderator)

Consultant, Bush Foundation
Maggie Arzdorf-Schubbe’s connection to the Foundation dates to the 1980s when she worked closely with Bush staff to formulate the Foundation’s pioneering philanthropy to address issues of domestic violence. She began working as a consultant for the Foundation in 1991 after completing... Read More →
avatar for Ina Cernusca

Ina Cernusca

ND Compass Project Director, ND Compass/ Center for Social Research, NDSU
Ina Cernusca is the project director for North Dakota Compass and a research specialist within the Center for Social Research located at North Dakota State University (NDSU). With extensive experience in market and social research, she has participated in many projects that involved... Read More →
avatar for Allison Liuzzi

Allison Liuzzi

Research Manager, Wilder
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Dr. Jared McEntaffer

Project Director, Black Hills Knowledge Network


Tuesday September 18, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm
Ski-U-Mah Room
  • Presentation Format PANEL (50 min.)

12:00pm

Lunch
Buffet-style lunch

Tuesday September 18, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Memorial Hall

12:40pm

Impact Awards
Tuesday September 18, 2018 12:40pm - 12:55pm
Memorial Hall

1:00pm

Plenary Panel: Data and media: Getting good data into the public sphere
Moderators
avatar for Craig Helmstetter

Craig Helmstetter

Managing Partner, APM Research Lab, American Public Media
Past president, Community Indicators Consortium's Board of Directors, and Managing Partner, APM Research Lab

Speakers
avatar for Mark Abraham

Mark Abraham

Executive Director, DataHaven
avatar for Chris Farrell

Chris Farrell

Senior economics contributor, Marketplace, Minnesota Public Radio
Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media’s nationally syndicated public radio business and economic programs. He is economics commentator for Minnesota Public Radio and host of its series, Conversations on the Creative Economy. An award-winning... Read More →
avatar for Maggie Koerth-Baker

Maggie Koerth-Baker

Senior Science Writer, FiveThirtyEight
Maggie Koerth-Baker is an award-winning senior science reporter for FiveThirtyEight.com. She is a Nieman Fellow (’15) at Harvard University and sits on the board of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.


Tuesday September 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Memorial Hall

2:00pm

Break
Tuesday September 18, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm
TBA

2:20pm

Strategic Use of Health Indicators in Public Housing
The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority is partnering with Hennepin County and the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services to match public housing addresses with social services clients in order to asses the health needs and system utilization of public housing residents.

Speakers

Tuesday September 18, 2018 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Memorial Hall
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

2:20pm

Supporting inclusive growth with land use and transportation
Transportation infrastructure, access to employment, and socioeconomic factors each affect the daily commute patterns of the Chicago region's residents. For residents of Economically Disconnected Areas-- parts of the region with concentrated low income residents, limited English proficiency residents, and/or minority residents -- daily commutes can be particularly long, affecting job retention and economic prosperity. For many residents, the economic benefits of transit cannot be actualized without supportive land uses. Improving commute times and options for residents in Economically Disconnected Areas that face long commutes will require shifts in transportation, land use, and economic development planning and policy.

Speakers
avatar for Aseal Tineh

Aseal Tineh

Policy Analyst, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Aseal Tineh is a Policy Analyst at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), the Chicago region's federally designated metropolitan planning organization (MPO). Aseal works primarily on issues related to inclusive growth across CMAP's primary policy issue areas, including... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Memorial Hall
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

2:20pm

Creating a Surveillance System to Advance the Minnesota Food System
The Minnesota Food Charter is a roadmap to improve access to healthy, affordable, and safe food. It proposes 99 specific strategies to guide multilevel planning and action to change the food system. A surveillance system to monitor the Minnesota food system is one component of this initiative, but there is a paucity of literature to guide its development. To bridge this methodological gap, a shared measurement action team (SMAT) was created to recommend indicators to monitor the state of the Minnesota food system, as well as to discuss how to make the indicators credible, accessible, and meaningful to communities. This presentation will discuss the process of selecting indicators that support the creation of a sustainable economic, ecological, and equitable food system, and the challenges that arose during discussions.  These indicators represent the current state of available secondary data and can be viewed as a springboard for conversation and a call to action to develop data systems that advance community well-being around access to healthy, affordable, safe foods for all Minnesotans.

Speakers
avatar for Abby L Gold

Abby L Gold

Vice Chair, North Dakota State University Department of Public Health


Tuesday September 18, 2018 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Johnson Great Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

2:20pm

Help Your Team and Your Partners by Creating a “Build Your Own Indicator” Tool
Over the past decade, DataSpark has worked with Rhode Island state, local, and nonprofit entities to create the RI DataHUB - a statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS) that links information from birth through adulthood. As demand for data access has increased and the need for a more robust and accessible solution has emerged, so the RI DataHUB was extended to incorporate a public-facing, research-oriented data aggregation tool that allows users to create their own indicators. The Aggregator allows state agencies, non-profit organizations, and other data researchers to easily, quickly, and safely query and aggregate administrative data in a secure and anonymized environment. From this presentation, participants will learn what the aggregator tool is, how it was built, technical and non-technical challenges we encountered, and what you may need to consider if you want to build a similar tool.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Neumann

Ariel Neumann

Data Scientist, DataSpark
avatar for Megan Swindal, PhD

Megan Swindal, PhD

Senior Research Associate/Data Analyst, University of Rhode Island


Tuesday September 18, 2018 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Johnson Great Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

2:20pm

Breathing Life into Data: A Journalistic Approach to Indicators
The Boulder County TRENDS Report is the Community Foundation Boulder County’s flagship resource. Since 1996, TRENDS has informed and engaged Boulder County, Colorado’s residents on the issues most important to them. 

Recent editions of the biennial report have incorporated a more journalistic approach. Now, the report is produced by a team that includes former journalists. They start by updating 150 indicators of their region’s social, economic and environmental health. They then analyze the data, looking for what’s new and persistent. Then, they venture into the community to find and interview the people living at the center of the struggles that the indicators point to. 

The result is a 90-page glossy magazine rich with photos and stories of people who possess the hard-earned wisdom you can only get from living through tough times. Their stories breathe life into the data, and help the Community Foundation arrive at the recommendations they provide across seven chapters about how readers can help.

A newly overhauled website, www.commfound.org/trends, offers all the content contained in the magazine, plus a searchable database of indicators with discussion on what each trends means for the community.

Chris Barge, vice president of strategic initiatives at the Community, edits the report and presents highlights from it at presentations to nonprofit boards, elected officials, civic groups and congregations on a weekly basis. The new approach has heightened its accessibility and fostered rich community conversations about what various groups are doing to improve the community.

In this presentation, Barge, a former reporter for the Denver Rocky Mountain News, will lay out the editorial process and make the case for a more journalistic approach to both reporting and presenting community indicators projects. In the age of Big Data, now, more than ever, we need stories that connect us to each other and help us find our way.

Speakers
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Chris Barge

VP of Strategic Initiatives, Community Foundation Boulder County
Chris Barge helps The Community Foundation enhance its impact on Boulder County's greatest needs through community based initiatives. His current projects include spinning off a Latino parent engagement program into an independent nonprofit as well as directing our biennial Trends... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Minnesota Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

2:20pm

Reaching the Nation: An integrated partnership and communications operation in support of the 2020 Census
The Integrated Partnership and Communications operation for the 2020 Census conveys the importance of participating in the 2020 Census to the entire population of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico by engaging and motivating people to self-respond, preferably via the internet, and raising and keeping awareness high throughout the entire 2020 Census.  A variety of tactics are used to reach these goals such as paid advertising, public relations, the Statistics in Schools program, social media and other digital efforts. The integrated partnership efforts use strategic national and local partnerships to increase public trust, awareness, and support of the Census Bureau’s mission to accurately measure the nation’s population and economy. Enrolling community partners to increase decennial participation of those who are less likely to respond or are often missed helps us to educate people about the 2020 Census and foster cooperation with enumerators, encourage community partners to motivate people to self-respond, and engage grass roots organizations to reach out to hard-to-count groups and those who are not motivated to respond to the national campaign.  A more in-depth look at these efforts will be given during this session.

Speakers
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Kaile Bower

Chief, Integrated Partnership and Communications Branch Decennial Communications Coordination Office, United States Census Bureau


Tuesday September 18, 2018 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Minnesota Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

2:20pm

Increasing capacity for nonprofit to do quality evaluation
Evaluation and data collection can be complicated. Often funded partners do not have trained staff people that are able to provide quality information that we as Untied Ways can use and share with the community. What can WE do to insure that the data being collected and shared is of the up most quality? What types of tips and tricks are available to increase capacity to agencies? How do we ensure that funded partners are utilizing the information they are collecting to increase the quality of programming they are providing and to better tell the story of the work they do? Finally, how do we as funders take the aggregated picture of all of this information and best tell the story of how of the work we do.

Speakers
avatar for Dawn Helmrich

Dawn Helmrich

Director of Research and Evaluation, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
Dawn Helmrich is the Director of Research and Evaluation at United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County. During her tenure she has helped develop the Community Outcomes Project into a nationally recognized model and works directly with the community to ensure that funded programs... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Ski-U-Mah Room
  • Presentation Format WORKSHOP (50 min.)

2:20pm

Strength-based Evaluation in Rural Communities on Navajo Nation
This presentation outlines how the journey of a small Navajo community in Northern Arizona illustrates successful program and evaluation planning. First, how a strengths-based strategic planning process that involves all major community stakeholder groups can outline a set of action steps to make real change. Second, how these actions steps created culturally-specific program plans to address the community needs. And third, how consistent monitoring of objectives through evaluation of these programs is able to show whether true change is occurring to address the community needs.

Speakers
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Andrew Adelmann

Director of Evaluation and Organizational Improvement, Designs for Learning
An employee of Designs for Learning since 1993, Andrew is currently its Director of Evaluation and Organizational Improvement. Andrew does evaluation and related work for Designs’ clients, primarily Minnesota charter schools, including writing school proposals, drafting annual reports... Read More →
avatar for Pamela Meade

Pamela Meade

President/CEO, Designs for Learning
Since 1995, Designs for Learning (DL) has brought a broad range of experience to the complex and inter-related tasks of founding, developing, managing, and growing self-sufficient charter schools and Grant funded programs. Pamela Meade has been with Designs for Learning since 2006... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Ski-U-Mah Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

3:20pm

Investment Compass: Impact Measurement and Evaluation for Investors
Every investment has an impact - intended or otherwise. How do you know if your initiatives create meaningful impact? How can you tell which investment opportunity is going to have the most effective impact on the issues you or your client care about?
Through impact due diligence and tracking key data points, socially-driven investors can make better decisions about investing in social enterprises. Topics include impact across asset classes, Sustainable Development Goals, useful impact frameworks, evidence-based cost-benefit analysis to evaluate impact (SROI) and evaluation tools for levels of risk.

Speakers
avatar for Elaine Rasmussen

Elaine Rasmussen

CEO, Social Impact Strategies Group
Thank you for joining us at ConnectUP! MN. We can’t wait to celebrate the entrepreneur ecosystem with you and learn more about what it takes to build a stronger, inclusive and equitable entrepreneur ecosystem.Instead of posting a bio we ask you to answer the following questions:What... Read More →
avatar for Tim Roman

Tim Roman

Co Founder & CEO, Ecotone Analytics GBC
Tim Roman and Ted Carling founded Ecotone Analytics GBC, to make social/environmental impact transparent and easily consumable for shareholders and stakeholders alike. Since the spring of 2015, Tim and Ted have evaluated contemporary impact measurement frameworks, evidence-based intervention... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Memorial Hall
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

3:20pm

Tracking Entrepreneurial Ecosystems In Appalachia
This presentation introduces a yearlong project, funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission, to document and strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems across Appalachia with the purpose of helping local leaders better support local startups and growing business ventures. Key project components include:
• A Regional Ecosystem Map and Resource Guide to help aspiring and current business owners to identify support resources and local business networks.
• Data Dashboards that provide snapshots of entrepreneurial activity for all counties in Appalachia.
• Case Studies of what works in building entrepreneurial ecosystems in Appalachia.
Results will be especially helpful to those interested in economic development and for those working in rural communities.

Speakers
avatar for Erik R. Pages

Erik R. Pages

President, EntreWorks Consulting
Erik R. Pages is President and Founder of EntreWorks Consulting (www.entreworks.net), an economic development consulting and policy development firm focused on helping communities and organizations achieve their entrepreneurial potential. Since its founding, EntreWorks has worked... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Memorial Hall
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

3:20pm

Regional Competitiveness Dashboards: Optimizing Investment & Impact in Greater Minnesota
Minnesota recently marked the 30th anniversary of its landmark Rural Development Act of 1987. This legislation directed significant new investment to spur economic growth and opportunity in distressed areas slow to emerge from economic recession and adjusting to a changing global landscape for agriculture, manufacturing, and mining. 

A similar legislative proposal was drafted for introduction in 2017, but it was never introduced. Above all, the Regional Competitiveness Act would have built upon its 1987 predecessor by (1) investing new state funding in cross-sector collaboration through Minnesota Initiative Foundations and Regional Development Commissions; (2) promoting partnership among state agency and local/regional stakeholders for solutions to challenging problems in workforce development, housing, and childcare, etc.; and (3) providing new resources for capacity building. While empowering local and regional problem solving, the approach would have introduced dynamic accountability through a new dashboard-style tool for tracking progress, highlighting success, and demonstrating need on a regional scale over time.
Various "critical indicator" dashboards or dashboard-like tools convey important metrics and trends for a variety of stakeholders and geographic areas in Minnesota. However, no single dashboard, or series of dashboards, serves this purpose for the distinct regions of Greater Minnesota. “Regional Competitiveness Dashboards” would build upon recent efforts toward improved regional community and economic development by charting where we are, where we want to go, and how fast we’re getting there over a range of stakeholder-driven indicators.

Momentum is building for a Regional Competitiveness Act for 2019, and efforts are underway to make "Regional Competitiveness Dashboards" a reality for stakeholders focused on community and economic prosperity throughout Greater Minnesota. This session will discuss (1) the impetus for such collective action, (2) past efforts informing this work, and (3) the implications of this work on state, regional, and local investment and impact.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Schmit

Matt Schmit

Director | Regional Competitiveness Institute, University of Minnesota
Matt Schmit is an adjunct faculty member at the Humphrey School, founding principal of P3 Strategies, and serves as director of the Regional Competitiveness Institute.Between 2013 and 2016 Matt represented his hometown of Red Wing and surrounding areas in the Minnesota Senate. Here... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Johnson Great Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

3:20pm

Using a dashboard to monitor data collection (sampling)
The discussion will focus on using a dashboard to monitor data collection as a sampling method.  The scenario will describe how researchers are tasked with surveying residents in a three-county area in northern Wisconsin.  Because a large majority of this area is rural, not everyone will have equal access to the internet to take the survey.  We will discuss how we address the challenge of getting information about health needs in an area where low income minorities have the biggest need for access to health care.

Speakers

Tuesday September 18, 2018 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Johnson Great Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

3:20pm

Engaging Communities through Data: Minnesota’s Longitudinal Education Data Systems
Minnesota is home to two cutting-edge data systems to fill the gaps in knowledge on children and the transitions students take between education, college and the workforce. Hear experts from the Minnesota Early Childhood Longitudinal Education Data System (ECLDS) and the Minnesota Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS) tell the story of how we’re revolutionizing information delivery to answer questions to inform and fill gaps in knowledge on children and educational transitions.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Jaques-Leslie

Ben Jaques-Leslie

Agency Policy Specialist, Minnesota Department of Human Services
I work with the administrative data of Minnesota's public assistance programs (TANF, SNAP, etc). Prior to this position, I worked on randomized evaluations in the developing world. I'm excited about ways we can help policymakers use evidence and internal data to make decisions.
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John Lindner

Research, Evaluation and Assessment, Saint Paul Public Schools
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Rachel Vilsack

Agency Performance Manager, MN Department of Employment & Economic Development


Tuesday September 18, 2018 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Ski-U-Mah Room
  • Presentation Format Panel (50 min.)

3:20pm

A Typology of Change in Suburban Neighborhoods
While local planners know about issues in their communities to some extent, many jurisdictions lack the capacity to collect and analyze extensive data to systematically evaluate the needs of various parts of their communities. This project intends to fill this gap by providing a baseline description of the types of changes taking place in different suburban neighborhoods.  
Understanding changes taking place within communities helps inform regional policies and have a proactive approach to future planning challenges or planning opportunities, rather than being reactive to community needs. It also provides opportunities for local communities to learn from each other as they plan for the future of neighborhoods experiencing similar types of change.
The analysis reveals five characteristics that are used in clustering neighborhoods and shows that, in different combinations, changes in these variables produce seven distinct types of neighborhood change._

Speakers
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Baris Gumus-Dawes

Senior Researcher, Metropolitan Council


Tuesday September 18, 2018 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Heritage Gallery
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

3:20pm

Measuring the Social Return on Investment of CommonBond's Eviction Prevention Services
In this session we will dive into an overview and discussion on CommonBond’s recently completed Social Return on Investment report of our Eviction Prevention programming. We will include an overview of our process of hiring a reputable firm to lead the SROI analysis, the process they led us through, and our key findings and learnings along the way. We will share our initial thoughts on practice and policy implications of our findings. Attendees will engage in a discussion around how to best leverage our data to impact housing stability in our community.

Speakers
avatar for Jessie Hendel

Jessie Hendel

CommonBond Communities
As Vice President of Advantage Services, Jessie Hendel provides leadership for CommonBond’s service delivery across the portfolio, which includes programs for resident stability and independence, education and advancement, health and wellness, and community building and engagement... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Minnesota Room
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

3:20pm

Risk of Social Isolation among adults aged 65 years and over, by State and County, American Community Survey 2012-2016
Social isolation is an absence of meaningful social relationships, which can negatively impact health and well-being. It is measured and defined in a variety of ways reflecting the complexity of the individual, community and societal interactions. Despite the vast amount of literature and research on this topic, no single state-level measure of social isolation exists. We created a multi-factorial measure of risk for social isolation informed by AARP’s framework and a literature review. We included six factors for adults aged 65 and older in our risk of social isolation measure using American Community Survey 5 year estimates, 2012-2016. Prevalence estimates of our six selected risk factors are reported by state. The overall risk is presented as a percentile based on the mean of z-scores for six risk factors for social isolation in adults aged 65 and over. Quintile maps are used to display the percentiles by state and county. Risk of social isolation varies widely by state with a concentrated area of high risk from the mid-South through the Appalachian Mountain states. Risk of social isolation by county shows high risk areas in central southern states, along the southeast Atlantic coast and in pockets of Texas, New Mexico, and California.  Our new measure of risk of social isolation permits states and counties to explore the extent and variation of the risk and to evaluate its use for targeting public and private programs to address risk factors for social isolation.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Houghtaling

Laura Houghtaling

Senior Epidemiologist, Arundel Metrics


Tuesday September 18, 2018 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Heritage Gallery
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

4:20pm

Closing Remarks
Tuesday September 18, 2018 4:20pm - 4:35pm
Memorial Hall
 
Wednesday, September 19
 

9:00am

Mapping 101: Introduction to Spatial Analysis using ArcGIS Online
If you are new to GIS, this is the workshop for you. This five-hour workshop introduces participants to web-based mapping and spatial analysis using Esri's ArcGIS Online. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on activities, participants will learn the fundamentals of designing and sharing online maps. Topics covered include preparing data for use, online data sources, map design, and spatial analysis.

Register separately:  http://communityindicators.net/conferences/2018-impact-summit/2018-impact-summit-registration-page/


1:00pm

Leveraging Data and Narrative To Advance Equity Locally
As America grows more diverse yet racial inequities in health, wealth, and opportunity remain wide and persistent, community action to advance equity – just and fair inclusion – is more critical than ever. Robust data that is disaggregated by race/ethnicity, income, neighborhood, and more plays a key role in supporting community groups, advocates, planners, policymakers, and others understand the state of equity in communities and inform policy solutions.

This workshop, designed for anyone interested in producing and using local data tools to advance equity, will introduce equity as a concept, discuss effective data-driven narratives to frame equity, share examples of local and national data tools designed to advance equity, and present a set of principles for designing data tools for health equity action developed by PolicyLink and EcoTrust.

Register separately:  http://communityindicators.net/conferences/2018-impact-summit/2018-impact-summit-registration-page/

Wednesday September 19, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 20 Humphrey School of Public Affairs 301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • Presentation Format Workshop

3:00pm

Story Maps 101: Visual Storytelling with Maps
This two-hour workshop guides participants through the process of telling stories with maps using the Esri Story Map platform. A discussion about best practices in visual storytelling will precede a step-by-step tutorial on creating your own Esri Story Map.  

Register separately:  http://communityindicators.net/conferences/2018-impact-summit/2018-impact-summit-registration-page/