Two and a half decades ago, a group of visionaries began an effort to share data and find out how their neighbors were faring, block by block. As described in the testimonials below, DataHaven's work now allows more than 100 different agencies and organizations across Connecticut to pool their resources and measure key areas such as health, education, civic engagement, and economic opportunity over time, so that programs and resources can be deployed to change lives for the better. In 2018 and 2019, DataHaven will be celebrating its milestone anniversary year with support from the 25th Anniversary Honorary Committee.

Get Involved

We invite you to join us! Stay tuned for the DataHaven Innovation Awards, sponsor or attend one of our upcoming events, make a gift to our 25th Anniversary fund, sign up for our newsletter, or help us share the many new public reports we'll be releasing this year. Learn more below.

Contents

25th Anniversary Honorary Committee

Anniversary Events

DataHaven Innovation Awards

What Our Partners Are Saying

Sponsorship and Giving Opportunities

 

25th Anniversary Honorary Committee

The DataHaven 25th Anniversary Honorary Committee consists of respected leaders whose participation will help us celebrate our first 25 years, and set the stage for the next quarter century of uniting Connecticut through high-quality data. Special thanks to the Committee!

  • Mark Abraham, DataHaven
  • Liany E. Arroyo, MPH, CPH, City of Hartford
  • Patricia Baker, Connecticut Health Foundation
  • Merle Berke-Schlessel, Esq., United Way of Coastal Fairfield County
  • Ben Berkowitz, SeeClickFix
  • Maritza Bond, MPH, City of Bridgeport
  • Penny Canny, PhD, DataHaven
  • Patrick Charmel, Griffin Health Services
  • Xiangming Chen, Trinity College
  • Erik Clemons, ConnCAT
  • Sharon L. Closius, Valley Community Foundation
  • Amanda Durante, PhD, Connecticut Department of Public Health
  • Maryam Elahi, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
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  • Mark Abraham, DataHaven
  • Liany E. Arroyo, MPH, CPH, City of Hartford
  • Patricia Baker, Connecticut Health Foundation
  • Merle Berke-Schlessel, Esq., United Way of Coastal Fairfield County
  • Ben Berkowitz, SeeClickFix
  • Maritza Bond, MPH, City of Bridgeport
  • Penny Canny, PhD, DataHaven
  • Patrick Charmel, Griffin Health Services
  • Xiangming Chen, Trinity College
  • Erik Clemons, ConnCAT
  • Sharon L. Closius, Valley Community Foundation
  • Amanda Durante, PhD, Connecticut Department of Public Health
  • Maryam Elahi, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
  • Jim Farnam, Farnam Associates, LLC
  • Cynthia Farrar, PhD, Purple States TV
  • Gina Federico, North Hartford Collaborative
  • Karla Fortunato, MBA, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy
  • Shelley Geballe, JD, MPH, Yale Law School, Yale School of Public Health
  • Karyn Gilvarg, DataHaven
  • William Ginsberg, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
  • Emily M. Gordon, Stamford 2030 District
  • Rev. Bonita Grubbs, Christian Community Action, Inc.
  • Jacob Hacker, PhD, Yale University
  • Honorable Toni N. Harp, City of New Haven
  • Jennifer Heath, United Way of Greater New Haven
  • Juanita T. James, Fairfield County's Community Foundation
  • William M. Jennings, Bridgeport Hospital, Yale New Haven Health
  • Julie Loughran, Connecticut Community Foundation
  • Honorable Denise Merrill, State of Connecticut
  • Jamie Mills, JD, Founder, What Works Connecticut
  • Marta Elisa Moret, MPH, Urban Policy Strategies, LLC
  • Sue Murphy, Liberty Bank Foundation
  • Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, Yale University School of Medicine
  • John Padilla, New Paradigms Consulting, LLC
  • Kathryn Pettit, Urban Institute
  • Douglas W. Rae, Yale School of Management
  • Leon Rozenblit, JD, PhD, Prometheus Research, LLC
  • Dan Ryan, USC Iovine and Young Academy Gould School of Law
  • Juan M. Salas-Romer, NHR Group
  • Caroline Smith, DataHaven
  • Mary Stuart, Trinity Health of New England
  • Sten H. Vermund, MD, PhD, Yale School of Public Health
  • Lyle Wray, Capitol Region Council of Governments

 

Anniversary Events

25th Anniversary Celebration and Statewide Data Release

Our 25th Anniversary Celebration and Statewide Data Release Event will take place on November 19, 2018. Due to space limitations, the event will be ticketed and early registration for community partners and sponsors is currently open by invitation only. Information about general public tickets will be posted here when available.

We are grateful to our quartet of Presenting Sponsors – who happen to also be our four founding organizations from 25 years ago! They are the City of New Haven, Yale New Haven Health, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and Yale University.

Major Sponsors

  • City of New Haven - 25th Anniversary Presenting Sponsor
  • Community Foundation for Greater New Haven - 25th Anniversary Presenting Sponsor
  • Yale New Haven Health - 25th Anniversary Presenting Sponsor
  • Yale University - 25th Anniversary Presenting Sponsor
  • Liberty Bank Foundation - 25th Anniversary DataHaven Innovation Awards Sponsor
  • Connecticut Health Foundation - Statewide 25th Anniversary Report Sponsor
  • Griffin Hospital - 25th Anniversary Supporting Sponsor
  • Trinity Health of New England/Saint Francis Hospital - 25th Anniversary Supporting Sponsor

Other Sponsors and Event Supporters

  • Middlesex Hospital - 25th Anniversary Advocate
  • Center for Research Engagement - 25th Anniversary Advocate
  • NHR Group - 25th Anniversary Advocate
  • Southern Connecticut State University - 25th Anniversary Advocate
  • Valley Community Foundation - 25th Anniversary Advocate
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - Event Supporter
  • Fairfield County's Community Foundation - Event Supporter
  • Hartford Foundation for Public Giving - Event Supporter
  • Additional sponsors will be announced. Scroll down to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Other Events

DataHaven will be organizing additional regional and statewide activities. Information will be posted here or in our newsletter when it becomes available.


 

DataHaven Innovation Awards, Presented by Liberty Bank Foundation

As part of DataHaven’s 25th Anniversary, we are proud to highlight the creativity and ingenuity of individuals and groups who employ data to make Connecticut a better place. This year's awards are presented by Liberty Bank Foundation. Nominations were due October 1, 2018. Awards will be given in two areas:

Data for Community Impact Awards will recognize the outstanding use of data to make a positive difference in one or more Connecticut communities. Nominations will be accepted in two categories: 1) Large Organization (>20 employees), and 2) Small Organization (<20 employees). read more

Data for Community Impact Awards will recognize the outstanding use of data to make a positive difference in one or more Connecticut communities. Nominations will be accepted in two categories: 1) Large Organization (>20 employees), and 2) Small Organization (<20 employees). 

Nonprofits, for-profits, funders, unincorporated groups, municipal/state agencies should consider applying. Examples:

  • A neighborhood association used data from the 2015 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey to lobby for new bus services in their area, improving access to employment and services.
  • A city agency successfully used data to demonstrate the need for a new policy or new legislation to improve local health conditions.

Data in Education Awards will recognize the outstanding use of data for projects developed within a classroom or educational setting. Nominations will be accepted in two categories: 1) University and Graduate Level, and 2) K-12 Level. read more

Data in Education Awards will recognize the outstanding use of data for projects developed within a classroom or educational setting. Nominations will be accepted in two categories: 1) University and Graduate Level, and 2) K-12 Level.

Teachers, students, school-based organizations, non-profits working with youth should consider applying. Examples:

  • A graduate student used a public data source to develop an outreach program that engaged faculty and students in Connecticut in an advocacy issue.
  • An 8th-grade class used the DataHaven Community Index and Census data to create a curriculum to engage students in a data-driven dialogue about how to improve their local community.

 

Learn more (note: we are no longer accepting nominations for this year's award) 

Nominations must have been received by October 1, 2018, and we have received many outstanding submissions this year. Thank you to everyone who nominated an organization or educator for this award!


 

What Our Partners Are Saying

We've been a partner for a number of years, recognizing the huge value of that having this kind of neighborhood data can be to foundations in understanding... read more We've been a partner for a number of years, recognizing the huge value of that having this kind of neighborhood data can be to foundations in understanding the communities in which they want to give and to help them evaluate their work over time. DataHaven is a valuable organization and not every state has something like this; it’s quite special.
-Karla Fortunato, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy

Our partnership with DataHaven has proven invaluable in helping achieve the Foundation's vision. The data... Our partnership with DataHaven has proven invaluable in helping achieve the Foundation's vision. The data in the Fairfield County Community Wellbeing Index 2016 has helped to identify and develop priorities for collective action to build a stronger, healthier and more equitable Fairfield County and to measure the progress we are making against these priorities through ongoing surveying and data collection. read more 
- Juanita James, Fairfield County's Community Foundation

It's great to see what DataHaven has become, to go through the reports that are beautifully presented and to understand how they work with community organizations to help them thrive and to meet their purposes. - Karyn Gilvarg, City of New Haven

I've had the great pleasure of working with Mark and DataHaven for the last five years – working to prepare... I've had the great pleasure of working with Mark and DataHaven for the last five years – working to prepare our 2016 Valley Community Index, and now we’re moving on to the 2019 report. We've had rave reviews because of the work that DataHaven has done and provided us. read more 
- Sharon Closius, Valley Community Foundation

DataHaven's survey questions really flush out many of the issues. It is by far the best work of this kind we have found in all the states we have researched for ALICE. - Stephanie Hoopes, United Way National ALICE Project

The DataHaven Wellbeing Survey fills in gaps where we lack information. It is designed to deliver insights those areas that aren't captured by administrative data and other sources. We know that many local agencies and nonprofits rely on this data and it provides a valuable way to check the attitudes and perceptions of residents in particular. - Scott Gaul, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

We’ve worked with DataHaven on a number of projects. The Wellbeing Survey has been really valuable to nonprofits and funders in the area, in terms of getting a better understanding of our region, seeking other funding, identifying needs and gaps - it's a tremendous resource for our own grant-making. - Julie Loughran, Connecticut Community Foundation

Having access to DataHaven, a nationally recognized data hub, is invaluable. They provide comprehensive analysis of public and self collected data which supports our ability to make critical decisions to best serve the community. - Merle Berke-Schlessel, Esq., United Way of Coastal Fairfield County

The vision was always, not data for its own sake of course, but data as a way to reveal what the issues were, that were facing residents initially of New Haven and now of, of Connecticut. I want to congratulate everyone who kept this project moving and growing over the past 25 years and it’s now, I think, a remarkable resource. - Cynthia Farrar, Yale University

I'm very thankful for DataHaven generally, and it feels like a unique resource. I can’t imagine any other place where I can get such succinct and sharp information at my fingertips. - Eric Rey, Christian Community Action

I was appointed about a year ago and Mark was so supportive in my transition. I had a vision of trying to really use the DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey as a way to inform our strategic plan; we wanted to extrapolate Bridgeport-specific data and we did that together and he was very instrumental. - Maritza Bond, City of Bridgeport Department of Health and Social Services

I'm not a data hawk – but Mark and his crew are able to take tabulated numbers and turn them into an aesthetically pleasing, easy-to-swallow pill - I think democratizing data is one of the most important parts of what DataHaven does for the layperson. - Andy Orefice, Yale-New Haven Health System

We are always, always a ready and willing research partner with DataHaven. We are thrilled to have a relationship with Mark where we call each other up with ideas. - Tara Rizzo, Equity Research and Innovation Center at Yale School of Medicine

United Way has run a program with DataHaven for a long time. I just really appreciate having an easy access to data and being able to use it for all the work that we’re doing. - Ellie Meise-Munns, United Way of Greater New Haven

DataHaven's work has been a key factor in our continued funding, and we very much appreciate their expertise and efforts. - Judy Cuthbertson, Seedlings Educators Collaborative

Meaningful – I think that is the word I would endorse DataHaven by – by providing relevant, and meaningful data, DataHaven fills the gap in what I care about. - Marcus McKinney, Trinity Health of New England


 

Sponsorship and Giving Opportunities

Please contact DataHaven for information. We are seeking additional organizations that wish to help sponsor our 25th Anniversary events (see above for a list of sponsors committed to date), and various sponsorship levels are available. Please reply by October 26 to have your materials recognized within printed materials at our November 19th event.

If you would like to make a small individual gift, you may do so here. In addition to our November 19th event, DataHaven will be holding a special online giving event on November 20th. Sign up for our newsletter for more information.

Click here to learn more about some of the organizations that support DataHaven.

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