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 ...

Income Leaving CT? Not really — Understanding IRS Migration Data

Earlier this week, I received an email from The Yankee Institute with the subject: “Leaving Connecticut” and I let out a sigh. The flurry of data around migration patterns in Connecticut, the conflicting messages about whether the state is losing or gaining population is confusing – and I’m someone who looks at data frequently! I thought about having a session at our next conference (June 28th) on the different sources of migration data and what ...

Fiscal Situation of our Municipalities, part two

In our March story, we summarized a study done by the New England Public Policy Center, “Measuring Municipal Fiscal Disparities in Connecticut.” In that story, we covered how the fiscal disparity was calculated for all towns in Connecticut. Now, we’ll look at the state’s role in providing assistance to towns.

What this story covers:

  • Distribution of state non-school grants
  • What percentage of fiscal gap filled by non-school grants?
  • What are the fiscal disparities ...

New Data: Connecticut's Birth-to-Three System

Connecticut’s Birth to Three System (B23) supports families with infants and toddlers that have developmental delays to learn new ways to make everyday activities enhance the child’s development. Once families with children below age 3 are referred, the child’s development is evaluated for eligibility, and if eligible the family can receive supports until the child no longer has delays or until the child turns age 3. Because an infant can be referred ...

In-depth: Municipal Costs

After we released the first Fiscal Situation of our Municipalities story, we received a couple inquiries on the data for the cost drivers. The Municipal Cost refers to the amount that each municipality must spend in order to provide a common level of non-school services such as administration, public works, and public safety. The New England Public Policy Center estimated municipal cost by using a statistical regression analysis to identify cost factors strongly related to ...

Business Formations in Connecticut

The Secretary of the State, Denise Merrill, is proud to partner with the CT Data Collaborative and provide to the public unprecedented free access to robust business registry data. In addition to making the data public through exploratory, web-based visualization tools, CTData presents a few of the interesting trends in the story below. As we build out the portal, we will continue to examine the trends in the data and share the stories.

What Businesses ...

Survey Data Not What it Used to Be

 In public debate, I increasingly hear the phrase: data-driven decision making. At CTData part of our core mission includes advocating for the public availability of data to inform policymaking. But what does it really mean and what data are we talking about?

As people increasingly use data to inform business or policy decisions, the quality of that data becomes even more important. Using data responsibly is something creators and users need to take seriously. Part ...

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