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In summer 2020, one cohort comprised of four undergraduate MSIC interns and two MIIS graduate MSIC scholars will work alongside Impact Monterey County. The cohort will reside and work within Monterey County, California, USA.

Impact Monterey County

Impact Monterey County (IMC) is a collaborative effort of nonprofits, businesses, public agencies and the community working together to identify the most effective ways to improve life in our county. IMC employs multiple outreach and engagement strategies to shine a light on our community aspirations related to education, income (economic self-sufficiency) and health. The IMC Network started as a countywide assessment to find out how residents felt about their lives today and what they want for tomorrow.  The result of that assessment was the overarching vision:

Together, a healthy, safe, and thriving Monterey County.

The main concerns and aspirations expressed by residents were summarized into the four priority areas of: education, safety, economic self sufficiency and health.  Residents also identified values for our communities including:

  • Relationships are based on respect, caring, cultural sensitivity and fairness
  • Everyone works together to foster a connected and engaged community
  • Community voices drive the design and implementation of services and policies

The goals of IMC are to:

  • Assess:  To assess and measure important community needs
  • Collaborate:  To identify other community assessments and use existing data to ensure efficiencies and to streamline IMC
  • Align:  To align stakeholders toward common goals and measurements that improve conditions for all
  • Implement/Take Action:  To establish a common agenda for addressing specific issues impacting communities throughout Monterey County and to take actionable steps toward accomplishing said agenda
  • Measure/Sustain:  To establish a plan to measure progress made toward common agenda and to continue the assessment process at regular intervals going forward

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