[Excerpt]: "DataHaven also provides "technical assistance" for nonprofit and community groups in the New Haven area. Groups creating policy or writing grants can reach out to DataHaven with a problem or a question—for example, what is the income disparity among neighborhoods in a certain town?—and DataHaven will do its best to reply with some figures. "It’s like data matchmaking," says Abraham, laughing. It’s an especially important service for the smaller towns in the New Haven area, which don’t necessarily have the resources to gather the data on their own.

When asked what the most important data point is, Abraham explains that he thinks that “trust in a community is what underpins a lot of other things that happen—whether people trust their neighbors and believe in their government.” Armed with experience and a treasury of numbers, DataHaven is poised to help communities build and sustain that kind of trust."