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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 ctdata.org. 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 ctdata.org 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 ...

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