Find reports about regional demographics, economic opportunity, education, health, quality of life, and happiness.
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The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, in conjunction with researchers at DataHaven, have developed their first Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Eastern Connecticut. They've examined the conditions affecting women and girls in 5 key areas: economic security, education, workforce development, wellness and wellbeing, and disparities in leadership opportunities.
Fairfield County Community Wellbeing Index 2016, is the first comprehensive community indicators report for Fairfield County, covering individual towns and neighborhoods. The report was produced by Datahaven with Fairfield County's Community Foundation and support from major hospitals and government agencies.
For over thirty years Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition has provided Bridgeport with highly valued and comprehensive reports. In the State of the Child in Bridgeport report, you’ll find information on: Juvenile justice and safety; Poverty; Economic insecurity; Early childhood, elementary, middle school, high school, and adult education; Health, well-being, and so much more.
The third edition of Metro Hartford Progress Points, driven by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, is the result of collaboration between nine stakeholders representing local government, businesses, nonprofits, academic and philanthropic institutions and organizations, and including the United Way of Central and Northeastern CT, committed to making long-term progress in our region. The report includes a timeline of past efforts aimed at addressing the region’s long-standing challenges, not to be disheartening, but instead to highlight where positive changes have been made and how our region remains committed to learning from our collective past while working to create opportunities for all Greater Hartford residents.
In 1994 the Urban League of Greater Hartford produced the landmark book The State of Black Hartford which, for the first time, provided comprehensive information on the history and issues affecting African and Caribbean-Americans in Hartford. The Urban League has now completed its latest edition of this work, 2016 State of Black Hartford, thanks to a $36,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
The city of New Britain has made significant progress on many key human services issues over the past decade, according to the 2018: A Demographic, Social & Environmental Scan, released by the American Savings Foundation. The comprehensive reports draw together data from a wide variety of sources on more than 50 important indicators, from housing costs to preschool enrollment to high school graduation rates.
GREATER NEW HAVEN
The Greater New Haven Community Index contains over 50 new infographics, maps, and tables related to well-being and key economic and social trends that impact the Greater New Haven area. It is the work of DataHaven and a team of regional partners including The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Yale New Haven Hospital, government agencies, and community organizations.
The Guilford Community Report 2017 highlights the latest demographic, economic, educational, health, and well-being data and trends for the town. The report was produced by the Guilford Foundation in partnership with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, and is based on local, state, and federal public data analyzed by DataHaven.
The Branford Community Report 2017 highlights the demographic, economic, educational, health, and well-being trends in Branford. The report was produced by the Branford Community Foundation in partnership with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, and is based on local, state, and federal public data analyzed by DataHaven.
WATERBURY and VALLEY REGION
The city of Waterbury has made significant progress on many key human services issues over the past decade, according to the 2018: A Demographic, Social & Environmental Scan, released by the American Savings Foundation. The comprehensive reports draw together data from a wide variety of sources on more than 50 important indicators, from housing costs to preschool enrollment to high school graduation rates.
Understanding the Valley Region, was created by DataHaven in partnership with the Valley Community Foundation, Griffin Hospital, and an advisory committee of dozens of organizations based in the Lower Naugatuck Valley. Two years in the making, the report relies on data from federal, state, and local agencies, as well as information from the 2015 DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey.
NORTHWEST CT and LITCHFIELD COUNTY
Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation has released, Community Crossroads, an extensive research project focused on the demographic composition of their communities – now and in the future – and core community wellbeing indicators, such as housing, employment, education, healthcare and crime. The purpose of the report is to educate community stakeholders and inspire community discourse to help build collaborative strategies to protect and enhance the welfare of our region.
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has launched ACloserLook.net, an easy-to-navigate, interactive web resource providing current data, resident perspectives and multimedia stories on the four-county region Berkshire Taconic serves. A digital companion to the foundation's print report of the same name, A CloserLook.net features include an interactive map with at-a-glance profiles of 67 towns; Berkshire, Columbia, northern Dutchess and northwest Litchfield counties; and the BTCF region overall. The data is organized by topic: population, jobs, education, incomes and poverty, and housing. The map also shows public school enrollment data for 30-plus districts. A downloadable PDF of Berkshire Taconic's Plan for the Future, which outlines three new priority areas where the foundation believes philanthropy can make a difference, is also available. Designed to build community knowledge and inspire critical thinking about the region's future, ACloserLook.net will be regularly refreshed with new data and stories.
ALICE represents the men and women in Connecticut’s households of all ages and races who get up each day to go to work, but who aren’t sure if they’ll be able to make ends meet. In the fall of 2014, Connecticut United Ways released the first statewide ALICE Report, a data-driven, comprehensive research project that quantifies the situation confronting many low-income working families across our state – in our urban, suburban and rural communities. The initial ALICE reported aimed to “put a face” on working families in Connecticut. The 2014 ALICE Report served as a call to action for Connecticut United Ways as it revealed that that the number of Connecticut households unable to afford life’s basic necessities far exceeds the official federal poverty statistics. This demographic is known as ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The 2018 ALICE Report on financial hardship takes a deeper look at the growing financial challenges that require more and more working and middle class families to make tough choices every day as they manage their household budget. Unfortunately, more families continue to struggle to make ends meet; the household survival budget continues to increase; and, wages are not keeping up with the cost of living in our state. The 2018 ALICE Report reinforces that ALICE is not isolated to an area code, age, gender or ethnicity. Families and individuals living in every town and city across the state are struggling financially and faced with difficult financial decision every day. Despite working hard, ALICE households are not able to afford basic necessities such as the housing, child care, transportation, healthcare and food.
- 2017 ALICE: The Consequences of Insufficient Household Income Report >>
- 2016 ALICE Multi- State Comparison Executive Summary >>
- 2015 ALICE Update: How Child Care Costs Impact Many Connecticut Families >>
- 2014 ALICE Report >>
LEADERSHIP NEW ENGLAND
Leadership New England, a new study of nonprofit executives and board members in the region, reports that two-thirds (64%) of executives plan to leave their jobs within the next five years, 60% of organizations do not have succession plans, and just one-third of leaders believe they have staff in their organization who can step up into leadership positions. Amoung the funders of the study are CCP members: The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Connecticut Community Foundation, The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, and Connecticut Health Foundation.
CT Arts & Economic Prosperity
The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, released in late June, was conducted by Americans for the Arts (AFTA) and documents the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry. Connecticut Office of the Arts and 6 CT regional arts councils participated as study partners and helped to fuel the largest study of its kind. Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion in economic activity in 2015, and here in Connecticut in 2015, the Arts and Culture industry supported 23,114 jobs throughout Connecticut, and generated $42,528,000 in state and $29,743,000 in local government revenue.