Research for the Greater Hartford region

The Foundation is committed to the availability of high-quality, impartial research about our region and state to inform action on issues critical to the region and the Foundation's priorities, strategies and operations.

Metro Hartford Progress Points

Metro Hartford Progress Points highlights key indicators and opportunities for the region to achieve economic vitality. The reports examine the forces shaping Hartford and the region.

Metro Hartford Progress Points 2016 

The 2016 edition of Metro Hartford Progress Points looks at the progress and promise in our community, and asks: What can we do differently? 

Metro Hartford Progress Points 2015 

The 2015 edition of Metro Hartford Progress Points 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 of Metro Hartford Progress Points, released in 2014, helped us better understand the dynamics of Metro Hartford—both the connections across it and the critical education, income and opportunity gaps within it.

All editions of Progress Points can be downloaded on our publications page under the Data Studies & Reports section.

A fourth edition of Progress Points will be released in the fall of 2019, in conjunction with an update to the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

Regional Surveys

We commission and support surveys to assess perceptions of key stakeholders and examine topic areas supported by our responsive and donor-advised grantmaking to learn whether and how Foundation grants are meeting the needs of our communities. Current examples include:

Connecticut Wellbeing Survey 

The DataHaven Community Wellbeing Survey (DCWS), believed to be the largest of its type in the United States, produces reliable data about life satisfaction, physical and mental health, neighborhood conditions, economic opportunity, and civic engagement at the local level. Results from the 2015 and 2018 surveys can be found here. Information from the survey is also included in the Greater Hartford Community Wellbeing Index 2019, which collects and analyzes over 100 sources of national, state, and local data supplemented by interviews with tens of thousands of randomly-selected adults statewide— including 7,000 representative adults in the Greater Hartford area.

Click here to read the full Community Wellbeing Survey 2019

Hurricane Displacement Survey 

In the aftermath of the hurricanes Maria and Irma, the Foundation supported a survey to better understand the long-term impact of displacement on the Greater Hartford region through the University of Connecticut’s El Instituto: Institute for Latina/o Caribbean and Latin American Studies and the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. Results from the survey will be available in spring 2018. The survey instrument is available at:

InformCT Consumer Confidence Survey 

From 2016 – 2017, the Hartford Foundation supported the InformCT Consumer Confidence Survey, a quarterly survey on key issues in the Hartford region.

CEP Grantee Perception Report 

 In May and June of 2017, The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) conducted a survey of the Harford Foundation for Public Giving grantees, achieving a 68 percent response rate. The memo below outlines the key findings and recommendations from the Foundation’s Grantee Perception Report. The report contains benchmarking data to allow readers to interpret perceptions in light of the Foundation’s goals, strategy and context. 

Click here to read the CEP Grantee Perception Report memo

Click here to read the full CEP Grantee Perception Report

Click here to read the full CEP Grantee Perception Report presentation 

Research on Critical and Emerging Issues

Examples of research the Hartford Foundation has supported (either whole or in part) in the past include:

Hartford Community Schools Retrospective Study 

The Hartford Community Schools Retrospective Study will examine outcomes and implementation from seven schools using the community schools model in Hartford from the 2009–2010 to 2018–2019 school years.

Click here to read the evaluation brief 

Arts Landscape Study 

Launched in the fall of 2018, the study conducted by TDC and DataArts sought to identify key challenges and opportunities for local arts and cultural organizations. The comprehensive study provides demographic and funding data on arts and cultural organizations in the Hartford region. This effort also included a workforce survey of local organizations in the field. Both the Hartford Foundation and the Connecticut Office of the Arts will use the results of this study to inform additional grant making and support strategies.

Read the Arts Landscape Study

K-12 Regionalization in Connecticut: Pros, Cons and Surprises 

Conducted by Connecticut-based Rodriguez Data Solutions, LLC, this report looks at initiatives to promote K-12 regionalization in several states including Connecticut, Maine, New York and Vermont. The report considers how the number of students in a district affects educational achievement, potential risks associated with K-12 school regionalization, potential benefits of school district deconsolidation and more.

More information about the report

Download the report

Executive summary

Greater Hartford Reentry Center Plan 

Greater Hartford Reentry Center Plan: A Welcome Center for People Returning From Jail and Prison

A report created for Community Partners in Action and funded by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Improving and Expanding Hartford's Project Choice Program 

Improving and Expanding Hartford's Project Choice Program (to Capitol Region Education Council): Research on ‘Project Choice,’ an integral part of the State of Connecticut’s response to the 1996 Sheff v. O’Neill school decision.

Blue Hills Feasibility Study 

Blue Hills Feasibility Study (to Blue Hills Civic Association): A feasibility study and implementation plan for housing rehabilitation initiative in North Hartford.

Knowledge Corridor Growth Business Study Report 

Knowledge Corridor Growth Business Study Report (to Capital Workforce Partners): A study to identify companies in the region at all growth levels, including high-growth firms, companies experiencing slower sustained growth over time, and those firms not growing, but which may have the potential for growth in the future.

Improving Outcomes for Connecticut Children through Expanding Triple P 

Improving Outcomes for Connecticut Children through Expanding Triple P (Pay for Success Feasibility Study Overview): (to Connecticut Department of Social Services): a feasibility study to determine whether Pay for Success financing could be used to improve outcomes for Connecticut children and families by expanding Triple P — Positive Parenting Program.  

Building Corridors of Opportunity: Best Practices for Engaging Anchor Institutions and Neighborhoods 

Building Corridors of Opportunity: Best Practices for Engaging Anchor Institutions and Neighborhoods (to Capitol Region Council of Governments): To identify best practices for working with "anchor institutions" on or near rapid transit to support transit oriented development, development of supply chain businesses and creation of new employment opportunities.

Home Energy Affordability Gap and Low Income Energy Program Studies 

Home Energy Affordability Gap and Low Income Energy Program Studies (to Operation Fuel): Studies to inform energy policy and increase awareness of the energy affordability gap through research, education and outreach efforts.

Home Based Child Care Providers in Greater Hartford 

Home Based Child Care Providers in Greater Hartford (to Connecticut Voices for Children): to provide data on home-based providers - licensed family child care providers and kith and kin providers in greater Hartford. Home-based child care providers are part of the larger network of providers across the state of Connecticut but they are often considered in ways that stand apart from center-based facilities.

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