To celebrate 25 years of public service, DataHaven is launching the inaugural Innovation Awards, which aim to recognize those using data to benefit Connecticut communities.

DataHaven, a New Haven-based nonprofit dedicated to gathering data for neighborhoods and organizations across the state, hopes to “highlight the creativity and ingenuity of those who employ data to make Connecticut a better place” through the awards, according to the organization’s website. The awards encompass two categories: data for community impact and data related to education. The former category honors organizations, while the latter recognizes educators and students working with data. [....]

Like many of DataHaven’s projects, the Innovation Awards are the result of a collective effort between DataHaven and many of its partner organizations. The judges for the awards were selected from around the state and represent many community groups, including nonprofit organization Christian Community Action. The judges met on Wednesday to decide on award recipients.

Award winners will be announced at DataHaven’s Anniversary Celebration on Nov. 19. The Anniversary Celebration will be held at the Yale School of Management, and the event will feature several keynote speakers. Among these are DataHaven founders, 2020 census experts, the Connecticut State Information Technology Officer and a population health professor, according to Priscilla Canny GRD ’83, who is chair of DataHaven’s board of directors and a professor at the Yale School of Public Health. [....]