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DataHaven and Siena College Research Institute


February 02, 2016


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 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 community and scientific partners have closely studied and drawn questions from national and international surveys to allow comparisons to benchmark data such as Healthy People 2020. The Community Wellbeing Survey is now a nationally-recognized program that provides critical local-level information not available from any other source to hundreds of communities - in many cases, at a neighborhood level.

2018 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey

In 2018, we will be repeating and expanding this innovative statewide and regional program. Please contact us for information.

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 is 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. 

Related Resources - 2015 Survey (more coming soon)

Detailed 2016-2017 reports using 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, 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 to come soon)

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.

Related Resources - 2012 Survey

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

Please contact us to learn more.