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Data-driven approach to finding communities in need: A presentation on the Colorado Disproportionately Impacted (CODI) indicator site

May 15, 2024
Wednesday 12:00 PM
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At this luncheon, Dr. Phyllis Resnick from the Colorado Futures Center (CFC) will present the Colorado Disproportionately Impacted (CODI) indicator site. The CODI Indicator was designed to provide users – public agencies, nonprofits, or philanthropic partners– with a data rich application that more broadly examines communities for assets and challenges. The site incorporates data that draw from multiple areas reflecting social, economic and environmental stressors in any given community.

Unlike other data resources, the strength of the CODI Indicator is its breadth, which allows users to better find and prioritize:
• Communities that are in greatest relative need; and
• Specific funding or programmatic resources that are more tailored to the needs of that specific community.

CODI was developed as a joint effort between CFC, the Colorado Energy Foundation and Civic Innovators along with the advisory capacity of a task force of non-profit service providers. This luncheon will introduce CODI and present multiple use cases as well as a live demo of the site. Attendees also will be provided with information about creating an account to access the site.

Dr. Phyllis Resnick is an economist and policy researcher with over thirty years’ experience as a consulting economist and as the director of a policy research institute. Her expertise is in macro/fiscal modeling and forecasting, economic impact analysis, and the socioeconomics and demographics of communities from urban to rural.

Dr. Resnick currently serves as the Executive Director and Lead Economist of the Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University, an institute she co-founded in the mid-2000s. She is the lead modeler for the center’s ColoradoCast, the state’s only short-term forecast of economic activity and she previously led the center’s award-winning fiscal sustainability study. As the lead economist at the center, Dr. Resnick’s current work focuses on macro/fiscal forecasting, economic impact analyses and family economic security with a specific focus on disproportionately impacted communities.

Separately, as a volunteer and independent consultant in Africa, the MENA countries and east Asia, Dr. Resnick has worked with central and local governments as well as civil society on issues of macro-fiscal forecasting, tax policy analysis, open budgets and transparency, and fiscal decentralization. Her most recent international projects include working in the Finance Ministry in Rwanda and elsewhere regionally in East Africa as well as in Angola, Eswatini (Swaziland), Lesotho, Jordan, Bangladesh, Tunisia and Morocco on budget transparency. For her volunteer work she was recognized as the 2015 Volunteer of the Year from the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance.

Dr. Resnick holds an MA and a PhD from the University of Colorado.

Room 400, Jordan Student Success Building (JSSB), MSU Denver
890 Auraria Pkwy
Denver, Colorado