Welcome to our 25th Anniversary page!

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 below, over 100 public and private organizations across Connecticut now use DataHaven's work to 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 is celebrating its milestone anniversary with support from the 25th Anniversary Honorary Committee and 25th Anniversary sponsors. Get involved by sponsoring or attending an upcoming event, signing up for our newsletter, or helping us share the many new public reports we'll be releasing this year. Learn more below.

Contents

25th Anniversary Report

25th Anniversary Honorary Committee

Anniversary Events and Sponsors

DataHaven Innovation Awards

What Our Partners Are Saying

Sponsorship and Giving Opportunities

Read Our 25th Anniversary Report

Visit this page to view and download our 25th Anniversary report, released on November 19, 2018.

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
  • 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
  • Andrew Orefice, Yale New Haven Health
  • 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 and Sponsors

25th Anniversary Celebration and Statewide Data Release

Our 25th Anniversary Celebration and Statewide Data Release Event took place on November 19, 2018. Data from the DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey, including preliminary information shared at the event, is being posted on the main survey program page. Read the event program and Anniversary report here.

Image above shows the audience at the event (photo credit: Harold Shapiro).

25th Anniversary Sponsors and Event Supporters

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 Anniversary 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

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
  • Farnam Associates - 25th Anniversary Advocate
  • United Way of Coastal Fairfield County - 25th Anniversary Advocate
  • Connecticut Mirror - 25th Anniversary Advocate Media Sponsor
  • 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. The 2018 DataHaven Innovation Awards were presented by Liberty Bank Foundation.

2018 Awardees are announced in our 25th Anniversary report.

Award winners from L to R include representatives from Clifford Beers Quality Analytics & Research Department, Conservation Training Partnerships Program at UConn NRCA, Carolyn Streets of Engineering & Science University Magnet School, and New Haven Promise. Photo credit: Harold Shapiro.

Nominations were due October 1, 2018 and dozens of excellent nominations were received. Awards were given in two areas: Data for Community Impact Awards to recognize the outstanding use of data to make a positive difference in one or more Connecticut communities and Data in Education Awards to recognize the outstanding use of data for projects developed within a classroom or educational setting. Thank you to everyone who nominated an organization or educator for this award! Check back in mid-2019 for a call for nominations for next year's awards.


 

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, Purple States TV

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. 

If you would like to make a small individual gift, you may do so hereSign up for our newsletter or view our social media pages for more information.

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

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