Jenna Daly joins CT Data as new Data Manager!

We are thrilled to announce that Jenna Daly of Glastonbury joined the team as our new Data Manager. She will be responsible for coordinating data management and contributing to CT Data’s growing repository of accessible data related to the general operations of the organization.

Daly brings experiences as an engineer and most recently from United Technologies Corporation where she served as an IT Specialist in Corporate Applications. Previously, she was a systems engineer at ...

CTData Forum Summary: Migration in CT Part II

This is a summary of data presented by Thomas Cooke, Professor of Geography at the University of Connecticut and also a subsequent paper published by Manisha Srivastava in the December 2016 issue of the CT Economic Digest

We had our second forum in November -- with over 20 people present from all sectors, and unfortunately with our big conference in December and the holidays, I’m just writing the summary now! However, it’s timely as ...

CT Data convenes 7th Conference: Counting What Matters

On Friday, December 9, 2016, data professionals from across Connecticut gathered at the Lyceum in Hartford to spend a day learning, networking, and honing their skills at the Connecticut Data Collaborative’s winter conference, Counting What Matters: Better Data for Better Policy in Connecticut. Thanks to CT-N, you can watch a broadcast of many of the day's sessions here.

The theme of the conference, Counting What Matters, taps into a growing concern that as ...

When data drives policy state advances

It was once said that “Numbers have life; they're not just symbols on paper.” The Connecticut Data Collaborative is working diligently to breathe life into the state’s data — to advance effective planning and decision-making through the use of open and accessible data.

The results thus far have been encouraging, showcasing the many ways that data can (and should) inform state policy-making and decision-making in the public and private sector. Now, the efforts are ...

Implications of Migration - Topic of First Forum

Last week we launched the first in a quarterly series of forums to discuss pressing questions facing state policymakers, focusing on current research and areas of research that could be pursued in order to better inform policy leaders and drive decision-making. 

The first forum provided an in-depth look at migration, examining the trends in data and dispelling the anecdotes and headlines that discuss a net loss in population. In fact, Connecticut saw a net inflow ...

Rachel Leventhal-Weiner joins CTData as the new Data Engagement Specialist!

I am excited to announce that Rachel Leventhal-Weiner has joined CT Data as the Data Engagement Specialist. Dr. Leventhal-Weiner will oversee, in partnership with the state’s Chief Data Officer, the CT Data Academy, the newest public education initiative to build data literacy and data capacity in state agencies, nonprofits and community organizations across Connecticut. She will also contribute to CT Data’s growing repository of data stories and to the general operation of the ...

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 ...

A Model for Statewide Open Data

Stanford University’s Markets for Good initiative has highlighted our public-private approach to open government data and data-driven decision making. Read the full story here.

CTData in Action: MetroHartford Progress Points

In post-conference feedback that I've received, a few people have asked me to share examples of how others in the state have used Since our next conference is not for a few months, I wanted to take this opportunity to share an example.

A couple weeks ago, a network of nine organizations, including the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, released the 2016 Edition of the MetroHartford Progress Points. The report looks at ...

CTData's 6th Conference A Success!

The CT Data Collaborative convened the sixth CTData statewide conference in late June, with approximately 125 people in attendance, reflecting the growth of the website and increasing interest in the use of data to inform policy and decision-making.

Under the banner, “A Data Intensive and Technical Approach to Fun,” the conference provided an opportunity for attendees to: 1) Learn a new skill; 2) Contribute to the statewide initiative; 3) See data in action ...

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