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Why the citizenship question is cause for worry

On our monthly open data calls, we have provided updates on data in the news and the biggest newsmaker by far has been Census 2020. Besides the challenges the Census Bureau has faced in maintaining their federal funding and finding new leadership, a recent hiccup has put the accuracy of the Census 2020 count in jeopardy. Several months ago, the Justice department made a request that a question on citizenship be included in the Census 2020 count. Advocates raised concerns…

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Where are Opioid deaths occurring in Connecticut?

Opioid deaths have doubled and tripled in some towns in Connecticut in only six years. Bridgeport, New Haven, Waterbury, and Hartford have the highest rates per population. However, many smaller towns have seen their rates of death triple as well. The Connecticut Medical Examiner published accidental drug related deaths from 2012-2017 on data.ct.gov. We take these data and do a fair amount of cleaning (see Jenna Daly’s post, “Accidental Opioid-related deaths in CT and the importance of data cleaning.”) to…

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New Housing Data Portal

Today we are launching what is the beginning of a housing data portal: housing.ctdata.org! This project began as a quest to understand the difference between multiple data sources for a particular indicator. The inquiry evolved into this new data portal focused on multiple sources of housing data. This housing data portal gives users the ability to explore, download, and analyze housing data in your town. We examined the strengths and weaknesses of different data sources to help users make data-informed…

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Are the Outcomes of Stops Different Across Racial Groups?

This is a re-release of the original post from November. The diagram below now includes Hispanic drivers. When distinguishing between Hispanic and Non-Hispanic drivers, you can observe a more accurate representation of the population across Connecticut. In this data story, we explore the outcomes of traffic stops. Is there a difference by race in the issuance rate of warnings, tickets or some other outcome? In particular, is there a difference by race in terms of the type of infractions imposed on…

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Traffic Stop Statistics in Connecticut

In partnership with the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy at Central Connecticut State University, we are providing an overview of the three years of data collected as part of the Racial Profiling Prohibition Project. First, we look at the different traffic stop categories: Motor Vehicle Violations, Equipment Violations, and Investigative Stops. Then, we examine the breakdown of those categories into reasons why drivers get pulled over. Some reasons may fall under different categories. For example, a stop for registration…

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A Story about liberating public data

For the past few years we have been working with the CT Secretary of State (SOTS) on a variety of initiatives related to the business registration data that they process and manage. This dataset is the official data set of record for tracking businesses that are required to register to operate within Connecticut. However, accessing this data has been historically difficult. The CONCORD system was built and optimized for the important work of managing transactions around business registration and reporting.…

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CT Data heads to Washington, DC!

On September 13th and 14th, the CT Data Collaborative’s, Michelle Riordan-Nold and Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, will participate in and present at the Association for Public Data Users (APDU) Conference in Arlington, Virginia. The APDU is a consortium of data users and producers across the country concerned with state and federal data collection and dissemination. They provide members with helpful information about federal budgeting, data collection tools, and innovations in data visualization. This year’s conference is all about communicating data. We will…

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Millionaire Migration?

I recently sat down with Tom Cooke, a Professor in the Department of Geography at UConn, and we discussed general policy issues facing the state and the need for Connecticut focused research that could help guide policymakers. This conversation spawned from several that the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has hosted in regards to the need for an independent non-partisan public policy center in the state. One issue where there seems to be a steady drumbeat in the media concerns…

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