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DataHaven and Siena College Research Institute


November 11, 2018


Survey funders include over 80 state and local government, health care, academic, and community partners throughout Connecticut, and Advisory Council members represent 125 partners.

The DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey traces its origins to a series of grassroots and locally-based efforts conducted over the past two decades to gather information on well-being and quality of life in Connecticut's diverse neighborhoods. With guidance from DataHaven and an Advisory Council of more than 125 public and private organizations, these area surveys grew substantially each year in size and quality, and became increasingly coordinated. To create a unified statewide survey, DataHaven developed this network into a formal partnership and chose validated questions from national and international surveys to allow comparisons to benchmark data. The survey is now a nationally-recognized program that provides critical, highly-reliable local information not available from any other public data source.


2021 DCWS

2020 DCWS-COVID-19 Response Wave

2018 DCWS

2015 DCWS

2012 DCWS

Research Advisory Committee and Advisory Council

Survey Funders

2021 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey

We are currently planning the 2021 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey. Please contact us for additional information.

2020 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey - COVID-19 Response Wave

DataHaven is fielding a special "COVID-19 rapid response" wave of its statewide Community Wellbeing Survey (CWS) in Summer 2020. We are scheduled to repeat the full version of the CWS in 2021, but feel it is important to collect information now for several reasons, including that available sources are not currently producing reliable, longitudinal data as well-being changes within Connecticut due to the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike our 2012, 2015, 2018, and 2021 CWS, this wave of the CWS will have a shorter questionnaire and be focused on estimating statewide trends by neighborhood type and demographic group rather than on measurement within specific cities and towns. Funders include Connecticut Health Foundation, Hartford Foundation, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, City of Hartford, Trinity Health of New England, Greater Waterbury Health Partnership, Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, and the Center for Research and Engagement at Yale School of Medicine.

2018 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey

In 2018, we have repeated and expanded this innovative program with support from 80 public and private partners throughout Connecticut. Once again, over 16,000 randomly-selected adults in every town in Connecticut have participated in live, in-depth interviews. Please contact us for more information.

Results, Publications, and Data: 2018 Survey Program

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 completed in-depth interviews of nearly 17,000 randomly-selected residents in 2015. 

Results, Publications, and Data: 2015 Survey Program

2012 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey

The 2012 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.

Results, Publications, and Data: 2012 Survey Program

DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey Research Advisory Committee and Advisory Council

The survey is developed with input from a Research Advisory Committee of leading national and statewide experts in survey research, as well as an Advisory Council of over 125 public and private organizations throughout Connecticut.

In 2018 and 2020, the Research Advisory Committee included Sue Starkey, Northeast District Department of Health; Don Levy, Siena College Research Institute; Amanda Durante, Connecticut Department of Public Health; Brita Roy, Yale University; Byron Kennedy, New Haven Health Department; Mark Abraham, DataHaven; Jennifer Calder, Stamford Health Department; Lisa Morrissey, Danbury Health Department and Bridgeport Health Department; Russell Melmed, Ledge Light Health District and Chatham Health District; Amy Carroll-Scott, Drexel University; Tung Nguyen, City of Hartford; Brian Weeks, New Haven Health Department; Shayna Cunningham, Yale University and University of Connecticut; Kathleen Duffany, Yale University; Emily Wang, Yale University; Victor G Villagra, University of Connecticut; Gregg Golsalves, Yale University; Danya Keene, Yale University; Jane Ungemack, University of Connecticut.

Advisory Council members include representatives from public agencies and private organizations throughout the state, representing a wide range of interests.

DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey Funders

Please contact us to learn more.