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DataHaven and Siena College Research Institute


November 11, 2018


Over 100 state and local government, health care, academic, and community partners throughout Connecticut

The DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey traces its roots to a series of grassroots and locally-based efforts conducted over the past decade to gather information on and promote regional well-being and quality of life. With guidance from DataHaven and an Advisory Council of more than 100 partner organizations throughout Connecticut, these area surveys have grown substantially each year in size and quality, and have become increasingly coordinated. To create the survey, DataHaven and its partners have studied and drawn validated questions from national and international surveys to allow comparisons to benchmark data. The Community Wellbeing Survey is now a nationally-recognized program that provides critical, highly reliable information not available from any other public data source to hundreds of communities - in many cases, at a neighborhood level.

2018 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey

In 2018, we have repeated and expanded this innovative statewide and regional program with support from 80 public and private partners throughout Connecticut. Once again, over 16,000 randomly-selected adults in every town in Connecticut have participated in live, in-depth interviews. 2018 data will begin to be posted here in December 2018 through January 2019. Please contact us for information.

Results, Publications, and Data: 2018 Survey Program

Press release announcing commencement of 2018 Community Wellbeing Survey and list of funders

2015 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey

In 2015, DataHaven expanded the Community Wellbeing Survey to encompass the entire State of Connecticut and sections of New York State, while retaining its mission to produce high-quality neighborhood-level and regional estimates for major metropolitan areas throughout the state, including Greater New Haven, Greater Bridgeport, Lower Fairfield County, Greater Hartford and New Britain, Southeastern Connecticut, the Naugatuck Valley, and other areas. The program was designed with and supported by over 100 government, academic, health care, and community partner organizations, and completed in-depth interviews of nearly 17,000 randomly-selected residents in 2015. 

Results, Publications, and Data: 2015 Survey Program

Detailed 2016-2017 reports incorporating survey results and other data sources: Merging 500 Cities and Connecticut DataFairfield County Community Wellbeing Index, Greater New Haven Community Index, Connecticut Civic Health Index, Valley Community Index, Status of Women and Girls in Eastern Connecticut, and others

Results: Statewide crosstab of weighted estimates for Connecticut, by age, race, gender, and other factors

Results: Statewide crosstab of weighted estimates for the "Five Connecticuts" groupings of wealthy, suburban, rural, urban periphery, and urban core towns

Results: Data for other geographical areas within Connecticut and New York State (posted within Data Resources section, more available upon request)

Press release announcing completion of the 2015 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey

Press release announcing commencement of 2015 Community Wellbeing Survey and list of partners

2012 Greater New Haven Community Wellbeing Survey

The 2012 Greater New Haven Community Wellbeing Survey was the most comprehensive regional survey ever conducted in Connecticut. In 2012, our researchers asked 1,307 randomly selected adults living in New Haven and 12 surrounding towns what they thought about a variety of issues related to well-being, quality of life, and public health. Concurrently, an additional 1,300 residents in six New Haven neighborhoods were randomly selected and interviewed in person through a survey conducted by the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement. The combined dataset of 2,600 responses is a valuable resource to help understand our region and has been widely used by all sectors of the community.

Results, Publications, and Data: 2012 Survey Program

Press release and executive summary of 2012 Community Wellbeing Survey results

Greater New Haven Community Index 2013 - Detailed report based on Survey results and other data sources

Crosstab of 2012 Survey results

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