Understanding Our Region

“Knowledge is Power.”

– Sir Francis Bacon

Understanding Our Region

“Knowledge is Power.”

– Sir Francis Bacon

Mining the Data

The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain knows that effective planning for our communities’ collective future requires an in-depth understanding of the challenges we face. The starting point for such understanding is data. The Foundation has assertively taken on a leadership role in bringing the necessary resources together to spur research, and to partner with others with similar goals. Collectively, and with the proper tools in hand, we can make a difference.

Below are links to a variety of recently completed or ongoing research projects which paint a telling portrait of who we are.

knowledge-thumbnailCommunity Wellbeing Survey

The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain was among dozens of charitable organizations, government agencies, health care providers, universities and others to fund the 2015 Community Wellbeing Survey of Connecticut residents conducted by New Haven-based DataHaven. Of the more than 16,000 state residents surveyed, nearly 1,000 reside in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville or Southington. The Community Foundation is using the study’s results as part of its strategic planning process, and is sharing the study with local leaders for their own planning purposes. Below are links to detailed reports for the towns we serve.

thocc-thumbnailHospital of Central Connecticut Community Health Needs Assessment

The Community Health Needs Assessment is a systematic, data-driven approach to determining the health status, behaviors and needs of residents in the Central Region of Hartford HealthCare’s service area. The information garnered from the assessment may be used by The Hospital of Central Connecticut to inform decisions and guide efforts to improve community health and wellness.


hfsc-thumbnailHospital for Special Care Community Health Needs Assessment

Hospital for Special Care conducts a periodic, comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to evaluate the health needs of individuals living in the hospital service area of the state of Connecticut. The purpose of the assessment is to gather information about the health needs of community residents. The CHNA helps guide HSC in developing and implementing strategies to improve the health status of those residents.


progress-points-thumbnailMetro Hartford Progress Points, July, 2016

Metro Hartford Progress Points is a periodic ‘check-up’ to build greater understanding about issues facing the Greater Hartford community. The third edition of Metro Hartford Progress Points is the result of collaboration between nine stakeholders, including the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, representing local government, businesses, nonprofits, academic and philanthropic institutions and organizations committed to making long-term progress in our region.


alice-thumbnailALICE Report, United Way

In Connecticut, 1-in-4 households have earnings that exceed the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) but fall short of a basic cost of living threshold. These households are called ALICE—an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, and together with the 10 percent of Connecticut households in poverty, more than one-third of Connecticut households (35 percent) are struggling to make ends meet. The Connecticut ALICE report is sponsored by the sixteen Connecticut United Ways, and was released in November 2014.