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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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CTData 2019 Annual Report

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.…

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Census 2020 Workshops for Nonprofits in January – Census starts in March

As 2020 begins, the fast-approaching decennial 2020 United States Census looms large. To increase awareness and understanding of the importance of the census to Connecticut, to explain precisely how it will work, and to seek the assistance of organizations in communities statewide, the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and Connecticut Data Collaborative will be co-sponsoring a series of workshops for nonprofit organizations throughout January. Officials point out that Connecticut receives $10.7 billion in federal funding for everything…

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Pioneering Data Platform for Women and Girls Launched at Galvanize CT

Nothing quite energizes us like a room full of women who lead, empower, and advocate for the rights of women and girls everywhere. The room at Galvanize CT was electrifying, with former Senior Advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarret, Connecticut’s Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, and Tekisha Everette from Health Equity Solutions among the list of attendees. The United State of Women partnered with the Connecticut Collective of Women and Girls for Galvanize CT with the purpose of “convening communities across…

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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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