April Happenings (for those not on our mailing list)

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 ...

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 We take these data and do a fair amount of cleaning (see Jenna Daly's post, "Accidental Opioid-related deaths in ...

Accidental Opioid-related deaths in CT and the importance of data cleaning

I'd like to call out one data set in particular that requires a little extra attention; explain some of the things we see in the raw data, and share some of my data cleaning steps. The data set I will be talking about is the Accidental Drug Related Deaths by Drug Type data set, sourced from the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, accessed via

Accidental Drug Related Deaths by ...

Important Data Legislation HB 5517 show your support!

Public hearing is today at GAE for HB 5517 "AAC Executive Branch Data Management and Processes." This bill will increase access to public executive brand data agencies by codifying the provisions of Executive Order 39, including codifying the Chief Data Officer position. In addition, the bill creates a Connecticut Board of Data Analysis Technology Advisory Board, institute an iterative process improvement of continuous improvement of state agency data practices, and promotes open access to government ...

New Housing Data Portal

Today we are launching what is the beginning of a housing data portal:! 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 ...

Support Open Data Legislation

On Monday, February 26th at 11am in Room 2A of the LOB, the General Administration and Elections Committee will have a public hearing for H.B. 5172, "An Act Concerning State Agency Data Management and Processes, the Transmittal of Town Property Assessment Information and the Suspension of Certain Regulatory Requirements." This legislation will codify the Open Data Executive Order #39.

When a new Governor is elected Governor Malloy's Executive Orders become obsolete. Therefore, we ...

Launch of the New CONNECT Dashboard

These dashboards display selected indicators by DCF region and for the state. In partnership with the Connecticut Network of Care Transformation (CONNECT) project, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new and improved CONNECT dashboards.

In the dashboard, you will find aggregated data on such topics as -- Juvenile Justice, Behavioral Health, and Education-- and then within each topic, indicator data by DCF region. For example, you can explore utilization of Birth to Three ...

What's new and upcoming: February updates

Dear Data Inspiration

Earlier this month, we issued a challenge to our users: show us your data! And we're not talking about the data you collect for your work. We want users to find the data in their everyday lives! Inspired by the Dear Data book and blog, we want to help our users find creative ways to explore data and share visualizations with other users.

As promised, we have an example of a Dear Data visualization ...

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