In conjunction with its 25th Anniversary Celebration, DataHaven is pleased to announce that the inaugural DataHaven Innovation Awards, sponsored by Liberty Bank Foundation, are open to nominations statewide. Winners will be selected in two categories: (1) Data in Education (university level and K-12) and (2) Data for Community Impact.

Nominations will be accepted through October 1, 2018. The awards will be announced at DataHaven’s 25th Anniversary Celebration on November 19, 2018.

New Haven, CT, September 5, 2018 – “As part of DataHaven’s 25th Anniversary, we are proud to highlight the creativity and ingenuity of those who employ data to make Connecticut a better place,” notes Executive Director Mark Abraham. The inaugural DataHaven Innovation Awards will recognize organizations, groups and individuals who have demonstrated the ability to use data to improve the well-being of Connecticut communities.

DATAHAVEN INNOVATION AWARD - 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. Data in Education Award - University and Graduate Level 2. Data in Education Award - K-12 Level. Who should apply: Teachers, students, school-based organizations, non-profits working with youth.

DATAHAVEN INNOVATION AWARD - 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. Data for Community Impact Award - Large Organization (>20 employees) 2. Data for Community Impact Award - Small Organization (<20 employees). Who should apply: Nonprofits, for-profits, funders, unincorporated groups, municipal/state agencies.

Nomination forms and additional information can be found at and are due by October 1, 2018. Liberty Bank Foundation is generously underwriting the DataHaven Innovation Awards.




Two and a half decades ago, a group of visionaries in New Haven, CT began a hyperlocal survey effort to find out how their neighbors were faring, block by block. Their effort has grown into programs like the DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey, supported by 85 public and private funders, with interviews of 35,000 respondents, living in every zip code in Connecticut.

“We believe that data is a powerful force, uniting our state and helping make life better in Connecticut communities,” says Abraham. “Our statewide survey provides neighborhood-level data in key areas such as health, education, civic engagement and economic opportunity, so that programs and resources can be deployed to change lives for the better. Our goal is still to make life better for our neighbors.”

The anniversary celebration includes the DataHaven Innovation Awards, regional data sharing, new data tools and an anniversary event to be held November 2018. The anniversary is being led by a 25th Anniversary Honorary Committee, made up of leaders who recognize the value of high-quality data in building community and guiding decision-making. The presenting sponsors are the same funders who supported DataHaven’s creation 25 years ago.

DataHaven President Penny Canny notes, “we are delighted that the City of New Haven, Yale University, Yale New Haven Health and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven have each signed on as a presenting sponsor for this milestone anniversary. They were there in the beginning – asking how our neighbors were doing – and they remain committed to the wellbeing of our local communities.”

About DataHaven

DataHaven is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, directed by Mark Abraham, with a 25-year history of public service to Greater New Haven and Connecticut. DataHaven’s mission is to improve quality of life by collecting, sharing, and interpreting public data for effective decision-making. Since 1992, DataHaven has worked with area organizations to develop reports and tools that make information more useful to the community. DataHaven maintains extensive economic, social, and health data, including information collected through the DataHaven Community Wellbeing Surveys in 2012 and 2015. DataHaven is a formal partner of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, a collaborative national effort by the Urban Institute and approximately 40 local partners to further the development and use of neighborhood information systems in local policymaking and community building. For more, visit