Data is a powerful means of understanding community resources, needs, opportunities and progress, but community advocates often lack the means to collect and assess data.
That’s why the Hartford Foundation launched its Community Indicators Project in 2013. The Project uses data to identify and build understanding about the issues and opportunities facing the Greater Hartford region.
Currently, we are working on the third edition of Metro Hartford Progress Points, our annual report on the region. More targeted work commissioned by the Foundation under the Community Indicators Project includes the Early Development Instrument (EDI), DataHaven’s 2015 Community Wellbeing Survey, and a study on regional adult literacy rates.
Sharing is the most important part of this project.
The Foundation and its many community partners work hard to present information in a clear and compelling manner. The data and the dialogue around it enables community advocates from every sector – nonprofit, government, business and philanthropic – to make informed decisions and move forward together.
The Community Indicator Project’s major efforts include Metro Hartford Progress Points, which examines the forces shaping Hartford and the region.
- Metro Hartford Progress Points 2016 looks at the progress and promise in our community, and asks: What can we do differently?
- Metro Hartford Progress Points 2015 focuses on access to opportunity within our region, including access to better schools, jobs and stronger neighborhoods.
- Metro Hartford Progress Points 2014, the first edition, helped us better understand the dynamics of Metro Hartford—both the connections across it and the critical education, income and opportunity gaps within it.
Both editions of Progress Points can be downloaded on our publications page under the Data Studies & Reports section.
You can also learn more by visiting the Metro Hartford Progress Points website.
Let’s build on what’s working and look at new ways to think about and tackle issues.
While Metro Hartford faces many challenges, it also has significant assets and initiatives that can be more effectively coordinated and expanded to make it a more vibrant and prosperous place to live, work and raise a family.
By building an evidence-based consensus on key priorities for the region, we can move to action to support shared prosperity and economic vitality for the region.