Elizabeth Grim

Preparing for Census 2020: Resources You Can Use

$10.7 billion. That is the amount of federal funding that Connecticut receives for roads, schools, public works, and other vital assistance programs. This funding amount is based on data gathered during the 2010 decennial Census. Yes, you read that correctly. A few short questions shape funding for critical community services for the next 10 years. With the 2020 decennial Census happening this Spring, it is important for communities to work together to make sure that everyone is counted. We rely…

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4 Quick Tips for Engaging People with Data

This is a guest blog post by School & State Finance Project. At the CTData Conference 2019, School & State Finance Project presented on Turning Dollars Into Sense: Using Data Storytelling to Understand the State Budget and shared some of the tips and tools described below.  Empowering people to engage with data is one of the largest challenges facing policymakers, businesses, and community and advocacy organizations. For many individuals, “data” can be an intimidating word that brings to mind an…

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Differential Privacy: Assessing 2020 Concerns using 2010 Census Data

Do you use census data to understand who lives in your community? To estimate the need for funding? Or to plan programs and policies? Much of the news surrounding the 2020 Census focuses on ensuring a complete count by working with communities with low response rates. But the data users’ community, including the Connecticut Data Collaborative (CTData), has been grappling with another critical question: What would less accurate census data in 2020 mean for your program or community? This question…

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Census 2020 Update: The Latest News from Connecticut’s Complete Count Committees

With 111 days until Census Day 2020 (April 1, 2020), the clock is ticking and communities must be ready to count everyone. That was the message that reverberated throughout the room during the December 10th Connecticut Complete Count Committee meeting, held at the State Capitol. This meeting brought together state leadership, Local Complete Count Committee (LCCC) representatives, service organizations, funders, and Census Bureau staff to brainstorm how to reach hard-to-count populations such as young children, those living in group quarters,…

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CTData is Hiring a Data Analyst

The Connecticut Data Collaborative (CTData) is seeking an enthusiastic person who loves data, believes in our mission, and wants to grow our organization to join our small team as the data analyst. THE POSITION: The data analyst will work closely with the Director of Community Impact to execute the mission of the organization. The data analyst will contribute to several areas of CTData, with a focus on our Census State Data Center work, with the goal of building and supporting…

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Collaborations Essential for a Complete Census Count in 2020

Having a complete and accurate count of Connecticut communities during the 2020 Census is not merely an ambition—it’s a necessity. The information collected will determine how federal funding is allocated to Connecticut and will also inform federal and state-level redistricting. In fact, the 2010 Census resulted in nearly $11 billion flowing annually into Connecticut for essential programs and services like schools, transportation, emergency preparedness, and health interventions. The good news: Connecticut is already well underway with planning for the 2020…

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CTData Conference: Counting What Matters, A Success!

Thank you to the more than 130 people who joined us for our 12th CTData Conference. And another thank you to our wonderful sponsors: Be Foundation, Novus Insight, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and CT By the Numbers. Here at CTData, we talk about data as people and we believe that people matter. Everyone who attended the conference has committed their lives to serving their communities and their residents for different reasons and in different ways. You might be the…

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Connecticut Census Create-a-Thon

On Friday, November 8, Connecticut held its first-ever Census Create-A-Thon (#CreativesForTheCount). This event brought together Census Complete Count Committee representatives, municipal leaders, grassroots organizers, designers, content strategists, and media experts to create materials to reach hard-to-count communities across the state. During the four-hour event, teams developed over 20 communications materials such as posters, billboards, and public service announcements about the importance of Census 2020. CTData Collaborative Director of Community Impact, Elizabeth Grim, and Old Saybrook Selectman, Carol Conklin, won second…

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State Data Plan Forum Recap: Education and Workforce Development

On Monday, August 19, 2019, the CTData Collaborative hosted over 30 partners for a data forum on education and workforce development with the state’s Chief Data Officer, Tyler Kleykamp. Attendees included data lovers and users across multiple sectors including nonprofits, state agencies, philanthropy, higher education, advocacy organizations, for-profits, and independent consultants. CTData Executive Director, Michelle Riordan-Nold, remarked, “The diverse group of stakeholders engaged in the forum demonstrates the complexity of the topic and the necessity to address educational and workforce…

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Recent Mothers with Higher Education More Likely to Be in the Labor Force

This is a landmark decade for women in the labor force. Women represent nearly half of the labor force both nationally (47.2%) and in the state of Connecticut (48.6%). In addition, according to the Wall Street Journal, 2019 marks “the first year that women make up the majority of the college-educated labor force, a milestone that is already altering benefits packages offered by companies.” These changes are insightful given that labor force participation is even higher when we look at…

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