United Way-hosted CIM Convening brings data and stories together to enhance community solutions

Bryce Haugsdahl (standing, center) welcomes CIM conveners for the first of three days at the Cecil B. Humphreys School of Law, University of Memphis.

CIM is all about aligning resources with people and places.

In the short span of only three days, United Way staff and visitors from other United Ways and nonprofits outside of Memphis made leaps and bounds on their progress with Community Issues Management (CIM).

CIM is a mapping and reporting platform that United Way and other partners use to help identify communities in need and target solutions that can help our Mid-South region.

The CIM Convening was held last week in Memphis, TN with meetings in several downtown locations.

A variety of CIM training sessions taught

At right, Beth Kerrigan talks to CIM conveners about new technologies developed within the system to help users better serve the community.

attendants how CIM can involve continuous engagement between users on local issues including high school graduation rates, addressing food insecurity problems, greater financial stability, and other community challenges by telling a community story. Every CIM generated map tells a story, and more than that, pinpoints areas lacking community resources to thrive.

One of the bigger topics during the convening – and a topic that all partners desired to learn more about – was how to use the data in CIM to tell more compelling community stories. Numbers and data in CIM is reflective of the struggles of everyday people. The gathering of facts and figures on community issues from mapping can serve as the backbone of the community story we are trying to tell.

Dr. Larry Brown tells a story in a very animated way. Brown was at the convening to show users how narratives should be written, and how good stories can make a big difference.

Locally, United Way of the Mid-South gave presentations on the evolution of CIM, using a workgroup in CIM and telling the community story of the importance of raising high school graduation rates. Other CIM Convening visitors shared how data tracking is helping them address problems in their own communities.

Presenters at the CIM Convening included:
Gil Betz – Chief Strategy Officer, Metro United Way
Larry Brown – Professional Storyteller and Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Missouri
Eva Dillard – CEO, United Way of Greater Chattanooga

Chris Fulcher – Co-Director, CARES
Bryce Haugsdahl – President, United Way of the Mid-South
Jeff Hayward – Chief of External Affairs, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

Beth Kerrigan – National CIM Collaborative Coordinator
Dr. Mary Leuci – Assistant Dean and Extension Assistant Professor Community Development, University of Missouri
Regina Walker – Senior Vice President, Community Engagement & Alignment, United Way of the Mid-South
Diana Bedwell – Vice President, Community Impact, United Way of the Mid-South
Tehrian Martin – Senior Specialist, Community Impact, United Way of the Mid-South
Paige Walkup – Managing Director, Caissa Public Strategies;

The convening was hosted by United Way of the Mid-South and CARES (Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems).

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