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February is Heart Health Month The City of New Haven and Yale Community Alliance for Research and Engagement are working to raise awareness. See the Yale CARE February 2009 newsletter for more details. Also see briefs on heart attack warning signs, risk factors, and heart health and depression for additional information.


South Central Connecticut's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) has been updated for 2008. Check out the full report or the summary document for more information.


The 2008 State of the Workforce Report has been published by Workforce Alliance. Check out this report for important information about the region's workforce.


Check out the new report - New Haven Food Policy Council Policy Primer on School Food


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Valley Community Health Profile. To view and download data files from the 2005-2006 Community Health Profile for the Lower Naugatuck Valley and New Haven (prepared by Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center), click here.

To view an interactive version of the 2003 Community COMPASS Indicators Report, click here.

Resources

State Agencies and Data Sources
Other Government Agencies
Philanthropy / Non-Profits
Local Resources
Data Sources- General
Community & Economic Development
Community Organizing
Demographics
Early Childhood
Economics
Education
Food Policy
Health
Housing
Religion
Safety
Substance Abuse
Youth
Tools: Technical Documentation
Tools: Information About Indicators
Tools: Other Indicator Sites
Tools: Maps and GIS
Improving Practice: Outcome Measurement


 


State Agencies and Data Sources

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  Connecticut Department of Children and Families
State agency responsible for child welfare, including children's behavioral health. Provides data on incidence of child abuse

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
The Department of Economic and Community Development is the state's lead agency for the development and implementation of policies, strategies and programs all of which are designed to enhance Connecticut's communities and business and housing environments.

Connecticut Department of Labor
Extensive array of labor market information for Connecticut at the state, labor market, and town level, including employment, unemployment, and wages

Connecticut Department of Public Health: Publications / Statistics
Provides extensive data on the health status of connecticut residents

Connecticut Department of Social Services
Provides some data about children and their situations at home

Connecticut Office of Policy and Management
The Office of Policy and Management provides information and analysis that the Governor uses to formulate public policy goals for the State and assists State agencies and municipalities in implementing policy decisions on behalf of the people of Connecticut. Provides CT Municipal Data, as well as a list of hyperlinks that direct you to general data resources and databases developed, managed or used by the Office of Policy and Management.

Connecticut State Department of Education


CPEC: Connecticut Policy and Economic Council
Provides information on a range of topics, communication resources, and innovative decision-making processes to citizens, community, and business leaders, civic organizations, and local governments in order to set priorities and help improve performance.

CT Department of Education - Grant Management
Provides for the review of school construction architectural plans to ensure compliance with all applicable fire, safety, health and accessibility codes.

CT Department of Public Safety


CT Department of Social Services.
DSS Administrative records, received in spreadsheet form. Call DSS Information : 800-842-1508

US Environmental Protection Agency Staff By Topic
A listing of the New England Regional EPA Staff by Topic

USEPA Urban Environment Program-- Community Tools
The USEPA Urban Environment Program seeks to improve the environment and enhance the quality of life for urban residents throughout New England.



Other Government Agencies

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  Department of Services for People with Disabilities
This department promotes the coordination of resources for persons with disabilities, responds to the needs of persons with disabilities and monitors and takes appropriate actions to ensure compliance with relevant federal, state and local regulations.

South Central Regional Council of Governments (Connecticut)
The South Central Regional Council of Governments (SCRCOG) brings together local governments to coordinate land use and transportation planning. The Council provides a forum to foster communication, coordination and collaboration in identifying and addressing regional issues. SCRCOG responsibilities include maintaining a regional plan of development, reviewing land use changes that affect member municipalities, and developing and updating a regional transportation plan. SCRCOG also provides a meeting point for various collaborative actions by our member cities and towns.



Philanthropy / Non-Profits

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  Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven is the largest philanthropic institution in a region of twenty towns and over 600,000 people. Activity in grantmaking, financial stewardship and service to donors is at the heart of philanthropic efforts to improve the quality of life for residents in the region.

Community Indicators Consortium
The Community Indicator Consortium seeks to 1) Advance the art and science of the devleopment and applicatin of community indicators 2)Encourage development and facilitate effective use of community indicators across the globe. Indicators are valuable tools for understanding community conditions, trends, opportunites for improvements, public polic and program impacts, and progress towards desired outcomes.

COMPASS Community Planning Process (Greater New Haven)
Site containing data reports and resources related ot the COMPASS community planning process

Connecticut Alliance for Great Schools
Advocacy organization for educational reform

GuideStar, Philanthropic Research, Inc.
Database of Nonprofit Organizations Query-based access to database of 850,000 nonprofit organizations. Information provided includes mission, activities, staffing, areas served, financials, and IRS Form 990.

National Association of Planning Councils
The National Association of Planning Councils (NAPC) is a private, non-profit national organization which promotes quality community planning and supports its members as they provide leadership for community-based human services and health planning and action.

National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy


New Haven Oral History Project
A project about life in New Haven.

Regional Growth Partnership
The Regional Growth Partnership is a nonprofit economic development corporation covering 15 towns and cities from Milford to Madison and from New Haven north to Meriden. It is a source for economic development information in south central Connecticut.

Taxexempt World
Commercial site providing data on non-profit organizations form the IRS 990 forms. Basic data is free, financial data is available for download for a fee.

United Way of Greater New Haven
Extensive information on community initiatives and the work of the United Way



Local Resources

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  City of West Haven - Planning Department
Town planning department

Connecticut Magazine Rating of Towns - 2006
Rating and ranking of Connecticut Towns based on numerous indicators in the areas of education, economy, cost of living, crime, and leisure/culture.

Electronic Valley
Everything you want to know about the towns of the Lower Naugatuck Valley: Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton.

Historical New Haven Digital Collection
Site presenting data assembled for a Yale Course "New Haven and the Problem of Change in the American City"

Historical New Haven Digital Collection - Yale University Library
Contains extensive historical data and images compiled for the Yale Course "New Haven and the Problem of Change in the American City"

New Haven City Plan Department
Department responsible for planning in New Haven. Find Comprehensive Plan of Development and other current documents of interest.



Data Sources- General

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  Association for Community Health Improvement, Indicators and Data Page
Annotated guide to best indicator and data sites on the web

Connecticut Data Server
Provides access to U.S. Census and other databases for the State of Connecticut by building a data table to your specifications. After you have built the table, you can print it or export it as a comma-delimited file. The table will include geographic identifiers so that it can be joined or linked to the geographic boundary files for Connecticut, its counties, towns, and other geographical areas.

Connecticut State Library - Connecticut Statistics
Provides leads to key information resources on the Web and in the Connecticut State Library relating to Connecticut Statistics.

Connecticut State Library - State Librarians Report
Bi-monthly report prepared in conjunction with the regular meetings of the Connecticut State Library Board. Includes: significant activities of the State Librarian and the staff, significant administrative decisions affecting the operation of the Library, status reports regarding in-progress activities, information regarding external events having an impact on the Library, media coverage of the Library, and information of general interest to the members of the Board.

CT Data Engine
"Free Business Information Resource for Connecticut" offered by Business New Haven magazine

CT Secretary of State: Elections Division
Provides information about election administration. Provides election results and related data.

Data Tables - Technical Assistance - The Greater Upstate Law Project -
How to generate detailed data tables for particular areas

FedStats
Gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies

Lewis Mumford Center for Comparitive Urban and Regional Research, State University of New York, Albany
Contains extensive compartive research on U.S. metropolitan areas based on Census Data

National Criminal Justice Reference Service, U.S. Department of Justice
Comprehensive site for information on crime, family violence, juvenile justice, and other topics.

National Low Income Housing Coalition
Provides housing and income data for Connecticut, specific counties, New England towns, and Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

New Haven Health
Information on health in New Haven

Texas A&M University Real Estate Center
Huge archive of Unemployment Rates for the entire country at the local level.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
BEA is an agency of the Department of Commerce. Along with the Census Bureau and STAT-USA, BEA is part of the Department's Economics and Statistics Administration. Provides timely, relevant, and accurate economic data about the U.S. economy.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. To fulfill this mission, HUD embraces high standards of ethics, management and accountability and forges new partnerships--particularly with faith-based and community organizations--that leverage resources and improve HUD's ability to be effective on the community level. Provides research and data on matters relating to housing and urban development.

UN Cyber Schoolbus
Global teaching and learning project.

UN InfoNation
View and compare country data.

UN Statistics Division
The Statistics Division compiles statistics from many international sources and produces global updates, including the Statistical Yearbook, World Statistics Pocketbook and yearbooks in specialized fields of statistics.

University of New Hampshire - Links to Selected Government Reosurces by Topic
Comprehensive listing of links to a wide variety of information

US Census Bureau
The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data and statistics about the nation's people and economy.



Community & Economic Development

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  Business New Haven
Data and links on almost every aspect of business in the City of New Haven.

CenterEdge Project
CenterEdge is a project to build a broad coalition to educate as many people as possible about disparities created by a long-term pattern of development in each metropolitan area of Connecticut.

Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc., Benchmarking Connecticut 2005
Benchmarking Connecticut's Economy - A Comparative Analysis of Innovation and Technology This report assesses Connecticut's capacity and trends relative to other states in areas related to competitiveness and innovation in the knowledge economy.

Connecticut Metropatterns
A report commissioned by the Centeredge project that analyzes the relationship between land use, real estate taxes, education, and socioeconomic status in Connecticut. Interactive maps of the data are available on the web site

Connecticut Office of Policy and Management- Municipal Data
The Office of Policy and Management provides information and analysis that the Governor uses to formulate public policy goals for the State and assists State agencies and municipalities in implementing policy decisions on behalf of the people of Connecticut. Provides CT Municipal Data, as well as a list of hyperlinks that direct you to general data resources and databases developed, managed or used by the Office of Policy and Management.

CT Department of Economic and Community Development.
Provides extensive economic information

CT Department of Labor. June Report.
Employment by industry by town, 1993-2001

CT Office of Policy and Management – Public Investment Communities
Data on commuities identified as priority areas for state public investment.

Economic Policy Institute
Extensive data and analysis of economic trends at the national and regional level.

Government Performance Project
A non-partisan, independent research program, the Govern-ment Performance Project evaluates how well state governments perform their basic management functions and explores how this research can be used by states to serve citizens better. The Government Performance Project gives state governments information and data they can use to improve management and achieve goals.

New Haven Housing Resource Information Clearinghouse
An interactive tool designed to reduce homelessness by sharing information about housing resources and related services in the greater New Haven area.

Research Papers in Economics
RePEcis a collaborative effort of hundreds of volunteers in 57 countries and 34 US states to enhance the dissemination of research in economics. The heart of the project is a decentralized database of working papers, journal articles and software components. All RePEc material is freely available.

Resources for Economists (RFE)
This guide is sponsored by the American Economic Association. It lists more than 2,000 resources in 97 sections and sub-sections available on the Internet of interest to academic and practicing economists, and those interested in economics. Almost all resources are also described.

Sustainable Communities Network
Extensive resources related ot sustainable communities. To access data and many community building tools, click on "Creating Community" on the Home Page.

World Wide Web Resources in Economics
World Wide Web Resources in Economics (WebEc) is an effort to categorize free information in economics on the Internet. WebEc and Resources for Economists on the Internet (RFE) comprised the WWW Virtual Library in Economics.



Community Organizing

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  Holding Schools Accountable Toolkit: A Guide for People Working in Neighborhoods
This Toolkit offers instruments, materials, stories, tips and references from pioneering community-based efforts that have made positive, significant, and lasting changes in their local schools. While each community's needs are different, these concrete experiences and tools can provide ideas for how other neighborhoods can partner with their schools to promote their children's academic success.



Demographics

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  Center for Population Research, University of Connecticut
The Center for Population Research is a community of population scholars affiliated to promote population research, teaching, and faculty development at the University of Connecticut. The CPR functions as a research, training, and service facility within the University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Connecticut Coalition to end Homelessness
Data about homelessness in Connecticut

MapStats City Profiles
MapStats added profiles of US cities with a population of 25,000 or more to its resources. The site provides a clickable map to select states and a drop-down list of available cities (and counties). Profiles include a diverse sampling of demographic, housing, business, income, geographic and climate indicators. You'll also find data on women- and minority-owned businesses, crime rates, educational attainment, and poverty. Profiles list city and state data side-by-side to enable quick comparisons.

University of New Hampshire Census and Demographic Data Resource Links
Comprehensive Listing of key Census and related links



Early Childhood

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  Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT
Excellent source of data on the sate of children. Has data tools to access Census data at the local and regional level as well. Allows rankings by city.

Care4Kids
Connecticut's child care subsidy program, Care4Kids, has been closed to new families earning under 50% of state median income since July, 2002.

Child Trends DataBank
Excellent site for national data on a range of indicators of children's health, development, and socio-economic status. Provides good context information on all indicators and links to research and informaiton on best practices

ChildStats.Gov
Official Web site of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. Offers easy access to statistics and reports on children and families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education.

Connecticut Early Childhood Research and Policy Council
Repository of all documents and meeting minutes related to the work of the Connecticut Early Childhood Education Cabinet and the Connecticut Early Childhood Research and Policy Council generated since 2006.

Connecticut Voices for Children
Promotes the well-being of all of Connecticut's young people through high-quality research and public policy analysis, an active communications program, a commitment to promoting youth leadership and youth voice, and effective citizen mobilization and organizational collaboration. Provides Child Well-Being Data Reports, as well as publications on Early Care, Education, Family Economic Security, Health & Mental Health, Juvenile Justice, State Tax and Budget, and Youth Development and Workforce Investment.

National Center for Children in Poverty
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization at Columbia University. Our mission is to identify and promote strategies that prevent child poverty in the United States and that improve the lives of low-income children and families.

Ready Set Grow Connecticut - Facts and Data
Provides key data for Connecticut on the importance of early childhood health and education



Economics

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  CT Department of Labor
Provides extensive labor market information

CT Department of Social Services
DSS Administrative records, received in spreadsheet form. Call DSS Information : 800-842-1508

EconData.net
Excellent source for regional data with links to many on-line data sources through the "Quick Links" button on the menu on the left of the page

Quarterly Workforce Indicators
How many people enter and leave employment with particular employers each quarter; who is hired and who is laid off, and how many jobs are created and destroyed? QWI tables show a rich array of data on the dynamics of the labor market--quarter-to-quarter changes in job creation, new hires, turnover, average monthly earnings, and other useful information for states, counties, and metro areas by industry and by demographic groups. The data can be broken down by industry and the demographics of the workforce.

U.S. Department of Labor. Standard Industry Classification Codes.
This page allows the user to search the 1987 version Standard Industry Classification manual by keyword, to access descriptive information for a specified 2,3,4-digit SIC, and to examine the manual structure.



Education

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  Connecticut Mastery Test Scores from www.cmtreports.com
Comprehensive data on Connecticut Mastery Test Results for 2000-2002 with excellent interface that allows analysis by ERG, disrict, or school and by race, hispanic origin, gender and other factors. This is a private site supported by the Connecticut Department of Education.

Connecticut State Department of Education - No Child Left Behind Reports
For information related to your district or school’s progress in meeting the requirements of the No Child Left Behind legislation,download these reports form CT SDE.

Connecticut State Department of Education - Strategic School Profiles
Literally hundreds of data points on Connecticut schools (covering finances, facilities, achievement, student characteristics) are available here in either an 8 page .pdf report for each district or school for 2002-2003 or in a searchable database of all indicators through school year 2001-2002.

National Center for Education Statistics
Library Statistics Data on public, school, and academic libraries, and library cooperatives, by state.

U.S. Census - Educational Attainment
Detailed tables of educational attainment



Health

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  American Lung Association. "Asthma in Children Fact Sheet," 2006.


Call 211 (Infoline) for information on free HIV testing sites.


Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
As the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people, CDC also compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of the Nation. Working with partners throughout the health community, it uses a variety of approaches to efficiently obtain information from the sources most able to provide information. Collects data from birth and death records, medical records, interview surveys, and through direct physical exams and laboratory testing.

Children's Health Council and Connecticut Children's Health Project.
The Children's Health Council tracks HUSKY (Connecticut's Title 19 Medicaid program and CHIPs program) participation and policy. The staff of the Children's Health Council have joined the staff of Connecticut Voices for Children. You can find the Council data and work on the Connecticut Voices for Children site. health policy and research reports Covering Connecticut's Kids and Families

Children’s Health Council and Connecticut Children’s Health Project.
The Children's Health Council seeks to make a measurable difference in the lives of children who face behavioral and developmental challenges by providing interdisciplinary educational, assessment and treatment services, and professional training.

Children’s Health Council and Connecticut Children’s Health Project. EPSDT Quick Reference Guide.


Community Health Improvement Links
Contains links to numerous indicators and data sources helpful to community health and healthy communities professionals.

CT Department of Public Health


CT Department of Public Health. Registration Reports.


Environment and Human Health, Inc.
Environment and Human Health, Inc., a North Haven, CT, based nonprofit organization founded in 1997, is dedicated to protecting human health from environmental harms through research, education and the promotion of sound public policy. Environment and Human Health, Inc. is made up of doctors, public health professionals and policy experts committed to the reduction of environmental health risks to individuals.

Forum Focus
National information on health and youth development

Health Data: Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce
Links to health statistics and data sets as well as resources to support data collection.

National Library of Medicine - Health Data Tools and Statistics
Extensive links to health and other data sources compiled in support of health systems and public health research

National Library of Medicine - Health Services Research and Public Health Informaiotn Programs
Extensive links ot many resources related ot health services researcha nd poublic health, including data, literature, and partnerhsips.

Yale Griffin Prevention Research Center
The Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center (PRC) was established in 1998 as one of 28 such centers nationwide funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These academic/community partnerships engage in interdisciplinary applied prevention research in collaboration with community partners, federal, state, and local health and education agencies, and other universities. The goal of all PRCs is to develop innovative approaches to health promotion and disease prevention that will directly benefit the public’s health, first locally, and then nationally.



Housing

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  CenterEdge Project
CenterEdge is a project to build a broad coalition to educate as many people as possible about disparities created by a long-term pattern of development in each metropolitan area of Connecticut.

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Affordable Housing Appeals Lists
Data collected to support administraiton of the Connecticut Affordable Housing Appeals procedures. Regualtions available as well

Connecticut Metropatterns
A report commissioned by the Centeredge project that analyzes the relationship between land use, real estate taxes, education, and socioeconomic status in Connecticut. Interactive maps of the data are available on the web site

Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council's (FFIEC)
The Council is a formal interagency body empowered to prescribe uniform principles, standards, and report forms for the federal examination of financial institutions by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) and to make recommendations to promote uniformity in the supervision of financial institutions.

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act
Information on mortgage lending by private lenders is available here. (NOTE: Data extracted from disks purchased by DataHaven from FFIEC website.)

New Haven Housing Resource Information Clearinghouse
An interactive tool designed to reduce homelessness by sharing information about housing resources and related services in the greater New Haven area.

New Haven Plan to End Chronic Homelessness - Planning Site
Site to support work on implemmentaiotn of 10 Year Plan

SUDS (Shared Urban Data System)
One of the tremendous advantages of SUDS is its ability to make otherwise inaccessible data available to the public or to a select set of private users. The simple fact is that many of the local governments and government agencies in a metropolitan area do not have the technical capacity to put their data up on a Web site with or without security controls. In many cases such data does not even exist in a digital form and it literally sits in a filing cabinet. SUDS serves as a community resource through which this data can be made available and accessible through the Internet.

The Greater Upstate Law Project - Housing
Housing Informtion Gateway

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Affordable Housing.


UCONN Center for Real Estate Data
The price indices are estimates of the sales prices for a constant quality house. They represent estimates of what this hypothetical house would have sold for if it had sold repeatedly, each quarter during the time period. These indices should be used as benchmarks only, just as a stock market index is used to benchmark a portfolio.



Religion

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  Pennsylvania State University American Religion Data Archive
Data on churches and church membership, religious professionals, and religious groups (individuals, congregations and denominations). Query-based profiles available by states, metro areas, and counties; maps available by state.

The Pluralism Project, Harvard University Religious Centers
Thematic maps by state of religious centers for Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Jainism.



Safety

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  Bureau of Justice Statistics
A very thorough resource for data on crime and justice. Local level data available nationwide.

Connecticut Uniform Crime Reports
Provides access to selected publications by the Connecticut State Police Crime Analysis Unit. The publications include the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program's Crime In Connecticut.



Substance Abuse

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  Join Together
Join Together, founded in 1991, supports community-based efforts to reduce, prevent, and treat substance abuse across the nation.

Join Together Indicators for Substance Abuse
This website, a companion to a new Join Together publication, will help you build an effective indicator program for your community. Indicator reporting programs are a valuable tool to illustrate local substance use problems and track the impact of efforts to address them, focusing community prevention and treatment strategies and measuring the results of new policies and programs.

WEB LINKS related to Substance Abuse data and policy
A good compendium of substance abuse data and organizational resources from Join Together



Youth

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  America's Children in Brief
a report that includes detailed information on a set of key indicators of child well-being.

Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT
Excellent source of data on the sate of children. Has data tools to access Census data at the local and regional level as well. Allows rankings by city.

Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition
Early Childhood information about children in Bridgeport

CAHS Kids Web Links
Links to web sites with information about children and children's services

Child Trends DataBank
Excellent site for national data on a range of indicators of children's health, development, and socio-economic status. Provides good context information on all indicators and links to research and informaiton on best practices

ChildStats.Gov
Official Web site of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. Offers easy access to statistics and reports on children and families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education.

Connecticut Voices for Children
Promotes the well-being of all of Connecticut's young people through high-quality research and public policy analysis, an active communications program, a commitment to promoting youth leadership and youth voice, and effective citizen mobilization and organizational collaboration. Provides Child Well-Being Data Reports, as well as publications on Early Care, Education, Family Economic Security, Health & Mental Health, Juvenile Justice, State Tax and Budget, and Youth Development and Workforce Investment.

Connecticut's Commission on Children
Commission responsible for strengthening the capability of families and communities in all their diversity, to provide for children's needs. The Commission on Children identifies and promotes public policy and local capacity building, and coordinates efforts that support and improve the optimal development of all children. Provides information and conduct research regarding the status of children and children's programs in the state of Connecticut.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service. Juvenile Justice – Additional Resources.
NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide. Provides statistics and a list of links to additional juvenile justice resources.

Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General (2001)
Comprehensive information on the causes and strategies for prevention of youth violence



Tools: Technical Documentation

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  DotOrg Media - On Line Survey Techniques
Information on conducting onilne surveys



Tools: Information About Indicators

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  Data Collection Primer for TownsGathering Data for Connecticut Towns: A Primer
User-friendly guide to accessing data about children available on the web, with a focus on town-level data for Connecticut

Gathering Data for Connecticut Towns: A Primer
Data Collection Primer for Towns developed by Connecticut Voices for Children, with focus on data about families and children

Healthy People 2010
Healthy People 2010 is the prevention agenda for the Nation. It is a statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats. The Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) established by Healthy People 2010 will be used to measure the health of the Nation over the next 10 years.

Healthy People 2010: Objectives
A recognized national set of objectives developed by the Federal Government to promote public health.

National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) is a collaborative effort by the Urban Institute and local partners to further the development and use of neighborhood-level information systems in local policymaking and community building.

Search Institute
Famous for the identification of the 40 Developmental Assets that contribute to positive youth development



Tools: Other Indicator Sites

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  Boston Indicators Project
A civic initiative coordinated by the Boston Foundation in partnership with the City of Boston/Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. Its goal is to engage the general public as well as civic and community-based institutions, the media, business and government in better understanding Boston’s key challenges and opportunities through shared access to high quality objective data.

Compass of Larimer County
Compass of Larimer County; this website is a service of Larimer County Division of Health and Human Services and the United Way of Larimer County. Compass presents statistics describing the quality of life in Larimer County, Colorado.

Data Resources for Learning and Teaching
Links to data resources on learning and teaching

Inc.'s Top 25 Cities for Doing Business (or Weathering a Job-Loss Recovery)
The Inc. website reports the rankings and total employment of each metro, grouped into large cities (67), medium cities (89) and small cities (120). The report also enables you to look up index numbers for "fastest, most sustained growth" and "most balanced economy and growth" for each city. The rankings are based on two indexes--one of job growth and the other of stability--that use 10 years of data but place most weight on data for 2003

International Institute for Sustainable Development: Measurement and Indicators Page
IISD's strategic objective on measurement and indicators is to facilitate the development of robust sets of indicators for public- and private-sector decision-makers to measure progress toward sustainable development and to build an international consensus to promote their systematic use in assessment, reporting and planning.

Key National Indicators Initiative (US Government)
The Key National Indicators Initiative (KNII), launched in 2003 and currently housed at The National Academies in Washington, D.C., has begun work on a comprehensive indicator set that will allow individual citizens, organizations, and elected officials to answer the question, “How are we doing as a nation?” This links to a catalog of many comprehensive and specialized indicator efforts.

Key National Indicators Initiative (US Government)
The Key National Indicators Initiative (KNII), launched in 2003 and currently housed at The National Academies in Washington, D.C., has begun work on a comprehensive indicator set that will allow individual citizens, organizations, and elected officials to answer the question, “How are we doing as a nation?” This links to a catalog of many comprehensive and specialized indicator efforts.

Knight Foundation
Home site of John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a private foundation independent of the Knight brothers' newspaper enterprises. It is dedicated to furthering their ideals of service to community, to the highest standards of journalistic excellence and to the defense of a free press. Focuses on two signature programs, Journalism Initiatives and Community Partners, each with its own eligibility requirements. A third program, the National Venture Fund, nurtures innovation, leadership and experimentation for community investments that might benefit Knight communities.

Oregon Progress Board
The Oregon Progress Board is an independent state planning and oversight agency. Created by the Legislature in 1989, the Board is responsible for monitoring the state's 20-year strategic vision, Oregon Shines. The 12-member panel, chaired by the governor, is made up of citizen leaders and reflects the state's social, ethnic and political diversity. Works to make Oregon Shines, a blueprint for Oregon’s economic recovery, a reality and the Oregon Benchmarks, 90 High-Level Quality of Life Indicators, useful tools for Oregonians working to improve their communities.

Rhode Island Kids Count
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is a children’s policy and advocacy organization that provides information on child well-being, stimulates dialogue on children’s issues, promotes accountability and action. Provides information on Rhode Island's children, information and strategies on "what works" and engages in information-based advocacy to affect public policies and programs for the improvement of children's lives.

The Boston Foundation
The Boston Foundation is a major funder in the Greater Boston Area. The focus of grantmaking from the Discretionary Funds, the most flexible funds held by the Foundation, gives priority to community-building strategies that help children and their families overcome poverty.

United Way's State of Caring Index
The United Way State of Caring Index incorporates 35 indicators covering 1992-2002 in the following areas: Economic and Financial Well Being, Education, Health, Voluntarism/Charity/Civic Engagement, Safety, Natural Environment and Other Factors. The Index provides the long-term view of how a state is performing on pressing social, economic, and environmental issues.

US Dept of Health and Human Services - Compendium of Selected indicator Systems and Resource Organizations
A compendium of selected indicator systems and resource organizations.



Tools: Maps and GIS

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  Connecticut Community Resource Inventory (CRI) Online
The site enables visitors to create a series of key natural and cultural resource maps for any of the state’s 169 municipalities, without any specialized knowledge of mapping. Maps provide essential information for local land use planning, e.g. water resources, land cover, protected open space, and wetland and farmland soils, in addition to such cultural information as roads and utility service areas.

Historic USGS Maps of New England & NY
Online collection of 1100 USGS topographic maps includes complete coverage of New England from the 1890s to 1950s



Improving Practice: Outcome Measurement

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  United Way of America Outcome Measurement Resource Network
Extensive guides, tools, and references related to outcome measurement for agencies and program personnel.