CT Data Days: Synthesize with Data


June 23, 2017

8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


Omni Hotel in New Haven

Conference Schedule

8:45 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

  • Michelle Riordan-Nold, CT Data Collaborative
9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

How Journalists Synthesize Data into Stories

Journalists are constantly translating information from an expert to a lay audience. In this session, our panel of local journalists describe their strategies for telling stories with data.

  • Stephen Busemeyer, Data Editor, Hartford Courant
  • Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Reporter, The CT Mirror
  • Jake Kara, Data Editor, The CT Mirror
9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Re-Imagining the State Budget

Derek Thomas from CT Voices for Children will present an overview of the state budget as well as details on the four budget proposals for the next biennium. His presentation will be followed by a discussion about outcome-based budgeting. Could it work in Connecticut? What would it involve? Hear from Sarah Ficenec, who before joining the CT Economic Resource Center, helped implement outcome budgeting for the City of Baltimore.

  • Sarah Ficenec, Senior Research and Policy Analyst, CERC
  • Derek Thomas, Fiscal Policy Felllow, CT Voices for Children
  • Robert Santy, President and Chief Executive Officer, InformCT, Inc.
10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Data Driven Decision Making

We know that our users want to do "data-driven" work but are often stumped about how this works in practice. We have assembled a panel of organizations working on data-driven projects in different stages and they will share some the success and challenges faced in their projects.

  • Kathryn Gonnerman, Director, Center of Innovative Philanthropy, Jewish Community Foundation
  • Jeana Bracey, Director of School and Community Initiatives, Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut
  • Spencer Hill, Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Where do data come from?

Where do our data come from? How is it collected? What are the common pitfalls in data collection. Who gets counted and who doesn't?

  • Emmanuel Adero, Connecticut Association for Human Services
  • Karyn Backus, CT Department of Public Health
  • Michael Polzella, CT Department of Labor
11 a.m. - noon

Why I use cartoons to tell data stories

Alvin Chang is no stranger to Connecticut. He was a member of the team that launched TrendCT at the CT Mirror and is now with Vox.com. Alvin will conclude our morning with a talk on his creative and engaging method of telling data stories, cartoonxplainers.

  • Alvin Chang, Graphics Reporter