CT Data Days: Equip, Synthesize, and Mobilize with Data


June 23, 2017

8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


Omni Hotel in New Haven

Conference Schedule

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

How Journalists Synthesize Data into Stories

Journalists are constantly translating information from an expert to a lay audience. In this session, our panel of local journalists describe their strategies for telling stories with data.

  • Stephen Busemeyer, Data Editor, Hartford Courant
  • Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Reporter, The CT Mirror
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Data Driven Decision Making

We know that our users want to do "data-driven" work but are often stumped about how this works in practice. We have assembled a panel of organizations working on data-driven projects in different stages and they will share some the success and challenges faced in their projects.

  • Kathryn Gonnerman, Director, Center of Innovative Philanthropy, Jewish Community Foundation
  • Jeana Bracey, Director of School and Community Initiatives, Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Where do data come from?

Where do our data come from? How is it collected? What are the common pitfalls in data collection. Who gets counted and who doesn't?

  • Yvette Bello , Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • Emmanuel Adero , Connecticut Association for Human Services
  • Karyn Backus , CT Department of Public Health
  • Michael Polzella , CT Department of Labor
11 a.m. - noon

Why I use cartoons to tell data stories

Alvin Chang is no stranger to Connecticut. He was a member of the team that launched TrendCT at the CT Mirror and is now with Vox.com. Alvin will conclude our morning with a talk on his creative and engaging method of telling data stories, cartoonxplainers.

  • Alvin Chang, Graphics Reporter