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Online vs. Paper: New Census Tool Reveals How Communities Will Receive 2020 Census

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to census communications. Each community will require its own nuanced plan, and although the online census form is making its debut in 2020, it’s imperative to consider inequities in access to technology and the potential barriers to census completion that this presents. For example, not all Connecticut households have access to the internet—in fact, around 200,000 households still do not have Internet access or have dial-up only. When strategizing about community outreach, it’s important to…

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Collaborations Essential for a Complete Census Count in 2020

Having a complete and accurate count of Connecticut communities during the 2020 Census is not merely an ambition—it’s a necessity. The information collected will determine how federal funding is allocated to Connecticut and will also inform federal and state-level redistricting. In fact, the 2010 Census resulted in nearly $11 billion flowing annually into Connecticut for essential programs and services like schools, transportation, emergency preparedness, and health interventions. The good news: Connecticut is already well underway with planning for the 2020…

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CTData Conference: Counting What Matters, A Success!

Thank you to the more than 130 people who joined us for our 12th CTData Conference. And another thank you to our wonderful sponsors: Be Foundation, Novus Insight, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and CT By the Numbers. Here at CTData, we talk about data as people and we believe that people matter. Everyone who attended the conference has committed their lives to serving their communities and their residents for different reasons and in different ways. You might be the…

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Sneak Peak of the 2020 Census Questionnaire

From adding a controversial question to getting an online upgrade, the Census 2020 form has generated plenty of buzz. However, some important questions remain: what does the form even look like, and what kinds of questions will it ask? The U.S. Census Bureau has released a sample copy of the 2020 Census paper questionnaire, giving us a sneak preview of the final version of the form that will be released in March 2020. Follow this link to read through the…

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Connecticut Census Create-a-Thon

On Friday, November 8, Connecticut held its first-ever Census Create-A-Thon (#CreativesForTheCount). This event brought together Census Complete Count Committee representatives, municipal leaders, grassroots organizers, designers, content strategists, and media experts to create materials to reach hard-to-count communities across the state. During the four-hour event, teams developed over 20 communications materials such as posters, billboards, and public service announcements about the importance of Census 2020. CTData Collaborative Director of Community Impact, Elizabeth Grim, and Old Saybrook Selectman, Carol Conklin, won second…

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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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