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2016 Impact Summit - XIIth International Conference of the Community Indicators Consortium
GPS for Well-being: Navigating Data for Sustainable, Equitable Communities 
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Monday, September 26 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Indicator Databases: 1) Measuring progress and well-being: A comparative review of indicators; 2) The State of Community Indicators: What are we measuring and what should we be measuring?; 3) Measuring Community Indicators

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1) Measuring progress and well-being: A comparative review of indicators (Barrington-Leigh)  We provide a new database sampling well-being and progress indicators implemented since the 1970s at all geographic scales. We find that a most promising innovation is the indices whose weights are accountable to empirical data, in particular through models of subjective well-being. We conclude by amplifying others' advocacy for the appropriate separation of current well-being from environmental indicators, and for the avoidance of aggregation except where it is meaningful.

2) The State of Community Indicators: What are we measuring and what should we be measuring? (Juelfs-Swanson) By what metrics and indicators can we measure and determine if our cities are thriving? This question animates Thriving Cities’ soon-to-be released interactive web-based Indicator Explorer. The Thriving Cities’ Indicator Explorer is a unique web-based tool that highlights the various ways communities and cities are being measuring. Based on a comprehensive survey of community indicator projects that yielded over 3,000 indicators, the Indicator Explorer displays 180 of the most popular metrics used in communities across the U.S. These leading indicators are filtered by popularity and strength of social science research. This presentation will cover some of the trends in indicator selection, as gleaned from the survey, as well as the Indicator Explorer.

3) Measuring Community Indicators (Kubursi)  The presenters have developed a robust, multi-faceted computer model for use by individual government departments and agencies to estimate financial, socio-economic, and environmental quantitative impacts of projects proposals. The model highlighted in this paper belongs to a family of models developed in concert with decision-makers over a number of years. We will discuss how community indicators are relevant to decision-makers and new metrics are incorporated as improvements to indicators are made.

Moderator
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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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Chris Barrington-Leigh

Assistant Professor, McGill University
I'm an academic economist. In my research I aim to understand what subjective well-being can teach us about society, communities & sustainability. I am also studying global urban growth patterns through the local connectivity of roads in residential developments. Former physicist... Read More →
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Megan Juelfs-Swanson

Chief Data Officer, Thriving Cities Group
Megan Juelfs-Swanson is the data analyst for the Thriving Cities. She brings more than a decade of experience collecting, analyzing, and presenting data. Some of her previous projects include analyzing community indicator projects, finding ways to measure poverty to reflect the lived... Read More →
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Atif Kubursi

Econometric Research Limited


Monday September 26, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Balcony D upstairs on 9th Fl