The new year is always a great opportunity for a fresh start, so we decided it was time for a makeover. Check out the Connecticut Data Collaborative’s new logo above!
Connecticut’s Complete Count Committee Announced
Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz (center) announced Connecticut’s Complete Count Committee at the State Capitol on Monday.Connecticut Data Collaborative’s Michelle Riordan-Nold (directly left of Bysiewicz) will participate in the committee.
We have some exciting news: Connecticut’s Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz has formed a Complete Count Committeefor the state, and Connecticut Data Collaborative’s Executive Director Michelle Riordan-Nold will serve as a member!
Lt. Governor Bysiewicz made the announcement on Monday at the State Capitol. She will chair the committee and has selected Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, State Representative Christopher Rosario of Bridgeport, and State Representative Pat Wilson Pheanious of Ashford as co-chairs.
Lt. Governor Bysiewicz emphasized what’s at stake for the 2020 count: “An accurate census count is critically important to our state,” she said in an official press release, “as it is the foundation to determine federal funding allocations. The data collected by the 2020 census affects all of us, not just in government, but also private businesses, schools, hospitals, non-profits, and other public and private entities. Currently, Connecticut is ranked first in the nation for paying the most in federal income taxes and we are amongst the lowest in getting federal dollars in return. Therefore, it is extremely important that Connecticut state government take an active role in facilitating counting efforts by establishing the Connecticut Complete Count Committee.”
Want to earn extra money while positively impacting your community?
The Census is now hiring for full-time and part-time temporary jobs that begin in 2019 and 2020, and a majority of the openings are for census takers. Now through June 2019, most of the recruitment will be for Address Canvassing, which entails working during the day and updating lists and maps to ensure an accurate count.
Why become a census taker? Census data affects the flow of around eight billion federal dollars into our state. The more accurate the count, the better chance that important programs like Medicaid, special education, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program will be sufficiently funded to meet the needs of our residents. Census data also determines our representation in Congress and serves as the foundation for decisions made by businesses, local governments, nonprofits, human services providers, and residents.
Pictured above is our assistant director, Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, who will be leading our rescheduled Data Storytelling workshops on 2/8 and 2/12. Rachel will share what she’s learned from Tapestry, a conference dedicated to digital data storytelling, as well as her own strategies. There are still spots left in both sessions!
Upcoming CTData Academy events.
February 8th and February 12th: Data Storytelling rescheduled in Hartford, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Fee is $25. In this workshop, we bring together best practices in data reporting and data visualization, as we guide participants through several exercises to learn how to create effective data stories. Participants will benefit most if they have engaged with our introductory workshop, Data Basics. We ask that participants bring their own laptops to be able to practice and engage in some of the activities.
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