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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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Are helpful insights hiding in your qualitative data?

When you think about making better decisions through data, you might think about numbers, percentages, and bar charts.  But the insights you can gain through words can be just as powerful.  That’s why we’re launching a new training: Analyzing Qualitative Data. I entered the “data world” through the door of qualitative data. Working primarily on program evaluation, I used observation data, conversation scripts, interviews, meeting notes, emails, as well as surveys with quantitative items, to understand what was happening with…

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500 Cities Data Challenge Project Launch

In partnership with the Urban Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Liberal Arts Action Lab, we are pleased to share our 500 Cities Data Challenge project that uses census-tract level data to address health disparities in our community. The 500 Cities Data Challenge selected 10 organizations to receive funding for projects that will improve community health outcomes using the 500 Cities dataset. Over the past year, this cohort of grantees from across the country has leveraged local health…

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We Have Some Big News on the Way

We took a little break, but CTData is back with another conference for data users from every sector and corner of the state. We can’t tell you everything since we’re still working our magic to make this the ultimate event for data people, but we can tell you to save the date for Wednesday, November 20th at the Omni Hotel in New Haven. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to be the first to hear the official announcement! If you’re interested in presenting at or have suggestions for the conference, please…

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The Meetup Every CivicTech Professional Should Attend

A photo from our first Civic Tech Coworking Day in July.  CivicTech folks in the Connecticut and Western Massachusetts area: we want to meet you! Join CTData and members from organizations like Civic Actions, Linux Foundation, UConn, Skylight, and Agile for our monthly CivicTech Coworking Days. We host these events on the third Wednesday of every month from 10:00am-4:00 pm at our offices at 10 Constitution Plaza in Hartford. Get some work done, enjoy the change of scenery, and connect with other CivicTech professionals in the area! If you’re interested,…

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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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Exciting New Project: Youth and Data Literacy

Here at CTData, we enjoy every opportunity to work with people to increase their data literacy skills so they can better use data to inform their decisions. In 2019 alone, we’ve had over 275 adults attend our workshops. But starting next month, we’re going to be training a new group of Connecticut’s residents: high school students. On October 1, Elizabeth Grim, Ilya Ilyankou, and I get to work with seniors in the IT program at A.I. Prince Technical High School…

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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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What’s Changing with Census Data Availability? Differential Privacy: What is It and Why it Matters for Census 2020

CTData has traveled state to state on the conference circuit over the past few months. We recently attended the American Community Survey (ACS) Users Data Conference in Washington, DC; the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership Meeting in Milwaukee, WI; the Census State Data Center Conference in Charlotte, NC; and the Association for Public Data Users Conference in Washington DC. One of the most pressing topics of discussion was the 2020 Census and its new differential privacy policies. To help you gain…

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