CTData celebrated a year of transition and growth in 2019. We launched innovative new data projects, welcomed three new staff members, and assumed the role of leading the Hartford Data Collaborative—an initiative centered on building an integrated data system across nonprofits and the city.
As the Connecticut Census State Data Center, we bolstered our outreach around Census 2020, culminating in a series of workshops at our annual conference in November that provided crucial insights into planning for the decennial count. We also released an analysis of the findings from the American Community Survey 5-year estimates to highlight major patterns and trends and inform policy and advocacy efforts statewide. To solidify our commitment to an accurate census, we proudly accepted a position to serve on Connecticut’s Complete Count Committee and help prepare the state for Census 2020.
In partnership with Trinity College and Capital Community College’s Liberal Arts Action Lab, we received a grant from the Urban Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, enabling us to examine the relationship between health and housing in Hartford. We convened advocates and stakeholders across the Greater Hartford area and from all sectors to explore these findings and join a constructive discussion about how to leverage the data to create a sustainable impact.
We encouraged both individuals and organizations to transform their relationship with data by releasing their fears and misconceptions and empowering them to take stock of the data they collect, how they use it, and tell their story through Data Strategic Planning ©. Our CTData Academy workshops increased participants’ data literacy and cultivated their confidence to advance their professional development and utilize data in their work.
As we embark on this exciting year, we reflect with gratitude on our ongoing partners, the new partnerships we forged in 2019, and the opportunities that await in 2020. We will continue to make data accessible, expand the data capacity of organizations, and help build the data infrastructure and provide the analysis for the state to make data-informed decisions.
Download the 2019 CTData Annual Report to learn more.