Connecticut Data Collaborative to Hold Statewide Conference Focused on “Counting What Matters”

Monday, October 28, 2019

Sessions to Look at 2020 Census, Use of Data in Public & Private Organizations

Counting What Matters is the theme of CTData Conference 2019, being held on Wednesday, November 20 at the Omni Hotel in New Haven.  The Connecticut Data Collaborative’s annual gathering is a full day of activities bringing together individuals from the public and private sector interested in better utilization of data to drive decisions.  The day’s sessions will include Census tools demos, policy discussions, a Census 2020 interactive workshop, and more.

The Connecticut Data Collaborative (CTData) is a statewide public-private partnership that advocates for the public availability of open and accessible data, serving nonprofits, advocates, policymakers, community groups, and funders in using data to drive policy and improve programs and services, budgeting and decision making at the state, regional and local levels.  This will be the 12th CTData Conference.

The keynote speaker will be Kim Paull, Director of Data and Analytics at the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Service (EOHHS), where she developed and now oversees the state’s Data Ecosystem, a pioneering analytic approach that connects data at the person level, across state agencies.

In her conference keynote, Ms. Paull will discuss how the project developed and the key partners that have helped propel the work. She will share some of the insights gained through their major studies on child maltreatment and opioid disorders which have led to noteworthy, and in some cases surprising, findings that helped dispel myths about behavior patterns—and the effectiveness of interventions.

Sponsors for the conference include Novus Insight, Inc. and BeFoundation. The Nov. 20 conference will be from 9AM to 4PM.  Registration is open at  and spots are filling quickly. More than half the available tickets were reserved during the first two weeks of availability.

In addition to the keynote and multiple in-depth sessions related to the upcoming 2020 Census, the day-long conference will include:

  • Turning Data Fear into Data Enthusiasm - Anne McIntyre-Lahner (Independent Consultant) and Ron Schack (Charter Oak Group)

  • A Paradigm Shift:Using Micro and Macro Data to Disrupt Norms - Kerri Raissian (UConn), Meg Feely (UConn), Kelly Fong (Harvard University PhD candidate)

  • Learning and Applying CTData Academy Skills: True Stories from Real Nonprofits - Sarah Tropp-Pacelli (Discovery Museum) & Scot Sedley (Stepping Stones Museum for Children)

  • Integrated Data Systems: Different Approaches in Connecticut – Kim Paull (RI Executive Office of Health and Human Services), Paula Palermo (NorwalkACTS), Marcia Hughes (University of Hartford), Michelle Riordan-Nold (CTData)

  • Turning Dollars Into Sense: Using Data Storytelling to Understand the State Budget - Erika Haynes & Patrick Gibson (CT School Finance Project)

  • Data Conundrum: Counting Who Moves - Michelle Riordan-Nold (CTData), Jevon Gibb (MetroHartford Alliance), Urb Leimkuhler & Jan Reber (Fairfield Senior Advocates)

“We are proud to support the CT Data Collaborative,” said Be Foundation executive director Richard Wenning. “An effective data ecosystem is essential to improving the education outcomes of underserved students in Connecticut, which is our core mission." 

“Whether you work with data daily, or are looking to expand the use of data in your organization, this conference will delve into some of the opportunities and obstacles that may be ahead,” said CTData Executive Director, Michelle Riordan-Nold.  “It will also be a great way to network with others throughout Connecticut who are considering similar issues, and share best practices and innovative work being done across the state.  The in-depth sessions on the 2020 Census by experts on the frontlines will be tremendously valuable as partners across the state work to ensure a complete count in the Spring.”

As part of CTData’s commitment to increase data literacy and build data capacity across Connecticut, workshops and trainings are offered throughout the year through the CTData Academy.  The CTData Academy better enables nonprofits, state and local government, community groups, and organizations to effectively use their own data, open data, and data from other sources, for the purpose of understanding, measuring, advocating, and positively impacting lives.

More than 200 data sets are now accessible to the public on the CTData website, including a wide array of subjects and policy categories.  CTData has also been designated as the lead organization for the State of Connecticut in the U.S. Census Bureau’s State Data Center Program and as Connecticut’s official source for Census data related to the 2020 Census. 

More information on the CTData Academy, the new High School Civic Data Program, upcoming CT Data programs and events, and current datasets, is available at



Michelle Riordan-Nold
Executive Director
CTdata Collaborative


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