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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Online vs. Paper: New Census Tool Reveals How Communities Will Receive 2020 Census

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to census communications. Each community will require its own nuanced plan, and although the online census form is making its debut in 2020, it’s imperative to consider inequities in access to technology and the potential barriers to census completion that this presents. For example, not all Connecticut households have access to the internet—in fact, around 200,000 households still do not have Internet access or have dial-up only. When strategizing about community outreach, it’s important to…

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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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Sneak Peak of the 2020 Census Questionnaire

From adding a controversial question to getting an online upgrade, the Census 2020 form has generated plenty of buzz. However, some important questions remain: what does the form even look like, and what kinds of questions will it ask? The U.S. Census Bureau has released a sample copy of the 2020 Census paper questionnaire, giving us a sneak preview of the final version of the form that will be released in March 2020. Follow this link to read through 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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The Revolutionary Power of Data Literacy for Women and Girls

Written by Michelle Riordan-Nold, Executive Director of CTData. As women, we are working, living, mothering, and leading in a world of systems that weren’t created for us or by us, yet we are still required to navigate them. One of our most powerful tools as we face these obstacles is collaboration, seizing every opportunity to both connect with and support each other. Conferences, especially ones centered on women, cultivate perfect opportunities to join together to discuss, disrupt, and dismantle. In…

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