129 Church Street
6th Floor
New Haven CT 06510
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Address 129 Church Street
6th Floor
New Haven, CT 06510-
Telephone (203) 5007059 x
Fax 203-9460668
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DataHaven is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a 25-year history of public service to Greater New Haven and Connecticut. Our mission is to improve quality of life by collecting, sharing, and interpreting public data for effective decision making. 
DataHaven directly supports effective institutional and grassroots planning, fundraising, policy, and program design and evaluation across multiple issues and sectors. Our work generally focuses on communities in the Greater New Haven and Naugatuck River Valley area, but also extends to the State of Connecticut as a whole. Our diverse urban and suburban towns have a distinct need for high-quality information across a wide range of issues, particularly those related to health, education, and economic development. 
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2000
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
CEO/Executive Director Mark Abraham
Board Chair Priscilla Canny Ph.D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
DataHaven is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a 25-year history of public service to Greater New Haven and Connecticut. Our mission is to improve quality of life by collecting, sharing, and interpreting public data for effective decision making. 
DataHaven directly supports effective institutional and grassroots planning, fundraising, policy, and program design and evaluation across multiple issues and sectors. Our work generally focuses on communities in the Greater New Haven and Naugatuck River Valley area, but also extends to the State of Connecticut as a whole. Our diverse urban and suburban towns have a distinct need for high-quality information across a wide range of issues, particularly those related to health, education, and economic development. 
Since 1992, DataHaven has drawn on the extensive experience and expertise in Southern Connecticut to make information more usable for our community.   DataHaven is led by a volunteer board of directors with funding and in-kind support from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, United Way of Greater New Haven, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the NewAlliance Foundation, and others. We are registered as the Regional Data Cooperative for Greater New Haven, Inc.
1992: The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven convenes the Regional Data Cooperative among leaders of New Haven-area agencies, universities, and governments as a way to share data on infant health, public safety, and other issues.

1995: Publication of New Haven Maps, a report which analyzes data from across multiple sectors and encourages local data sharing.

2000: Regional Data Cooperative incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

2003: Organization launches interactive data website, and rebrands itself as DataHaven, to facilitate dissemination of the COMPASS Community Indicators Survey and Report.

2008: DataHaven becomes a formal partner representing Greater New Haven and the Valley Region within the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, a collaborative effort by the Urban Institute and 35 cities across the country to further the use of neighborhood information systems in local policymaking and community building.

2009: Publication of New Haven Health Data Atlas, a report on health in New Haven.

2010: DataHaven hires first full-time Executive Director and launches new website. In partnership with local organizations, DataHaven analyzes over 4,000 survey responses from residents on topics ranging from the closing of Shaw’s Supermarket to general neighborhood quality of life.

2011-2014: DataHaven works on more than two dozen data-driven projects with community collaboratives, local and statewide institutions and governments. The highlight of these is our Greater New Haven Wellbeing Survey and Community Index 2013, which describe issues facing the region and its neighborhoods. As part of this report, we conducted a household cell phone and landline survey in the Fall of 2012, and we issued a comprehensive report with survey and other data in summer 2013.  This program is being greatly expanded and repeated in 2015-2016.
Key Accomplishments from the Past Year
  1. DataHaven increased the amount of free technical assistance that we provide directly to area nonprofit organizations and government agencies. DataHaven assisted over 100 organizations, with an estimated value of $25,000. We also conducted training sessions with nonprofit organizations and schools.
  2. We completed the Greater New Haven Community Index in 2013, and we continued to share it throughout 2014 and 2015 while planning for an updated report to be released in mid-2016. The Index is an assessment of demographics, education, economic opportunity, health, and civic life, and has been called the most comprehensive study ever of our region. Additionally, we continued to analyze our 2012 Community Wellbeing Survey and significantly expanded the survey in 2015, increasing the sample size in the Greater New Haven area while expanding the survey to include over 16,000 interviews throughout the entire state of Connecticut. 
  3. In 2015, DataHaven completed several new reports in partnership with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, South Central Regional Council of Governments (SCRCOG), NAACP, Workforce Alliance, New Haven Early Childhood Council, World Health Organization, and other organizations.
Key Goals for Coming Year
  1. We are dramatically expanding our Community Wellbeing Survey and Community Index programs.
DataHaven is a dynamic and growing organization that requires funding to grow and sustain core operations. We use philanthropic funding to leverage significant additional resources within the community. We believe that all of our programs can become more sustainable over the next three years.
1. Free Technical Assistance and Training
To meet area need, DataHaven would need to budget approximately $36,000/year to provide these services and market them to the Region.

2. Community Collaborations
Philanthropic funding enables us to retain leadership with the skills, relationships, and passion for community development at a local level. This allows us to expand partnerships and promote data sharing, as we have done since 1992. Because DataHaven is nationally known, a modest level of additional support could allow us to hire some of the best emerging leaders, as research assistants, to help serve more local nonprofits and community groups.

3. Analytical Capacity to Interpret Local Data
Our Community Wellbeing Survey and Community Index 2013 represent key opportunities for sustainable funding. Previously, the neighborhood-level information created from these programs had not been available from any other source. Many cities have similar "State of the Region" reports which attract even broader buy-in from leadership as they expand in scope.
4. Marketing and Technology Infrastructure
Our dedicated communications budget is limited, so we rely on our partners, word-of-mouth, and our own high profile publications (which are often cited in the media) and technical assistance to communicate what we do. The infrastructure that supports our work requires continued investment.
CEO Statement
It is a pleasure to work as the Executive Director of DataHaven, a unique organization with a 20-year history of service, a distinguished Board of Directors, and an increasingly necessary mission to promote public information access and data sharing.
Collaboration is at the center of our mission. We are regularly informed by the work of our many partner organizations from across Greater New Haven, and increasingly the state as well.
Our strategy is to approach data development beginning at the neighborhood level, and to examine issues from a broad perspective rather than from the status of a particular issue.  This enables us to collect thousands of indicators of community well-being at levels ranging from the City block to all towns, and to carefully evaluate them on the basis of demographic and/or geographic disparity rather than as statistical averages.
At a neighborhood level, DataHaven has been engaged in projects ranging from neighborhood surveys to serving on local steering committees. We also provide over $25,000 worth of direct technical assistance to local residents, researchers and nonprofits. To illustrate, a 2009 study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars, entitled "A Preliminary Understanding of the Social Determinants of Health in New Haven and Using Data to Improve Health," surveyed 250 New Haven residents and conducted in-depth interviews with 30 community leaders. Several of their recommendations were related to DataHaven and the need to establish a "Research Assistance Office" to provide these types of technical assistance services to the New Haven community. It is important that we are seen as an objective and trusted intermediary organization as we advocate for higher-quality information. 
In recent years, we have witnessed the rapid evolution of data availability. Theoretically, information is easier to access than ever before, and the amount of it doubles each year. Examples range from the stories of New Haven Independent to agencies such as the Census, HUD, and State Department of Education, which each have greatly expanded the number of data sets that they release every year. As a result, we must redouble our efforts to ensure that everyone in our region can access, understand, and use this information effectively.
Mark Abraham, Executive Director 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
Secondary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy / Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
Areas Served
East Haven
Lower Naugatuck Valley
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
West Haven
Our mission and programs are described in the sections above. The nature of our core work to compile and share public data, develop web-based tools in partnership with other organizations, and provide free technical assistance and training to hundreds of local organizations on its use, is highly interdisciplinary and is mostly provided through staff time. Therefore, it would be difficult to separate one part of our program from another.
A recent quote from Stephen Cremin-Endes helps illustrate this: “Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven has found the technical assistance provided by DataHaven very helpful as we continue our participatory evaluation survey work on housing, community, and economic development in a number of targeted neighborhoods. Whether we need up-to-date data on survey distribution or more analytical information, we have come to rely on the incredibly powerful tools and knowledge bases developed and maintained by Mark Abraham and his co-workers.”
Population Served / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
  • Unique visits to the DataHaven website have increased by more than 300% in the past three years. One outcome measure of our work will be our ability to sustain and grow this high level of traffic, and the extent to which future growth is a result of our Civic Survey and Report versus other activities.
  • The quality of our free technical assistance, which also has seen a rising demand, is being evaluated using follow-up surveys. Requests are carefully tracked using a survey, which allows us to evaluate their impact in other ways as well (e.g. fundraising use).
  • Encouraging use of new data sets will require us to conduct additional community outreach. This is due not just to the amount of new data available, but also to its high level of complexity. We conduct frequent training sessions, which are highly rated by those who attend. We will need to redouble these efforts and train at least 200 additional residents and nonprofit heads on how to use this new information each year.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
  • Better and more accessible data and community knowledge will create more effective policy development, accountability, and community engagement. Accurate information will contribute to the formulation of effective strategies for change in state, local and neighborhood-level practices. All of the essential functions of policy making rely on the availability of the best available data and the tools and understanding required to analyze them. We can measure this via statistics on the use of our website, staff time, and number of external collaborations.
  • The growing use of our data warehouse with an expanded number of previously difficult to obtain data sets from a variety of sources, in and of itself, is an important indicator of change. This indicates that the public agrees that greater access to and transparency of neighborhood-level information is consistent with better public policy, and allows insight into which issues are of greatest concern to the public as a whole.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Numerous short-term measures are used to evaluate the impact of DataHaven. These include the number of citizens, researchers and agency leaders trained in the use of data, the number of hours of technical assistance given by DataHaven staff, the number of unique visitors to the DataHaven website, the amount of information (both quantitative and qualitative) contained on on our website and in our published reports, and the number of times DataHaven is cited as a source in public policymaking activities or within the media.  We also conduct user surveys and are evaluated by our national partners through the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) of the Urban Institute.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. We have had great success in working collaboratively with a variety of local partners. Georgina Lucas of the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program notes, "Under Mark Abraham’s leadership, DataHaven has become the ‘go to” resource when individuals and organizations are trying to understand any number of issues in the New Haven community. Not only is DataHaven a valuable resource but Mark proactively informs his many collaborators of new sources of information that will be important to what they are trying to accomplish. His technical expertise and knowledge has been useful in many of the projects I have worked on, most recently the first Health Impact Assessment done in New Haven.” As one example of how we have informed the broader public, our recent op-ed on crime in the New Haven Register ( was widely discussed within institutions throughout New Haven, released as a detailed press release, and mentioned in many news articles.
CEO/Executive Director
Mark Abraham
Term Start Jan 2010

Mr. Abraham is responsible for the management and development of DataHaven, and for delivery of its multiple products and services in support of civic research, planning and action. He was hired as the Executive Director in 2010, becoming the organization's first full-time staff member, and worked rapidly to stabilize and grow the organization.

From 2014 to 2017, Mark is serving as a Fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, as part of a national cohort focused on Racial Equity. In 2014, Mark was honored with an "Impact Award" from the international Community Indicators Consortium. 

Mr. Abraham's professional career has included positions as the Facilities Planning Coordinator with the New York City 2012 Summer Olympic Games Bid Committee, as Director of Marketing for the New Haven architecture firm Svigals and Partners, and as Associate at the New Haven consulting firm Holt, Wexler & Farnam, LLP. Mr. Abraham graduated from Yale University with honors in the Architecture major and was a finalist in the 57th annual Westinghouse/Intel Science Talent Search. 
Through his work with DataHaven, Mark is directly involved with a number of community-driven projects and studies.  He also serves on the steering committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale School of Medicine, the research advisory board of the United Way of Connecticut's ALICE program, and the Steering Committee of Get Healthy CT - New Haven. He also advises a number of student fellows and interns each year. Mark also serves on the Executive Committee of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership in Washington, DC.

In his community engagements, he was appointed as a New Haven Historic District Commissioner from 2008 to 2013, was a founding Board Member of Elm City Cycling, an advocacy organization for pedestrians and cyclists, and received the New Haven Environmental Justice Network's Annual Award for coordinating the citywide New Haven Safe Streets Coalition. Mark also gives informational tours of the New Haven area for organizations such as the Arts & Ideas festival, Public Allies Connecticut, City-Wide Open Studios and Yale University.

Mark has a passion for sharing "best practices" and current affairs on the issues of regional economic development, public health, and data-informed governance. In addition to presenting at statewide and national conferences, he shares items of interest through emails to DataHaven's many partner organizations, as well as with over 50,000 followers on Twitter.
Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Data Manager
Experience/Biography Mr. Cuerda is responsible for managing DataHaven's data processing workflows and databases, and uses his expertise in data visualization, mapping, and spatial analysis to support DataHaven's mission. He also supervises the work of interns and staff research assistants. Mr. Cuerda comes to DataHaven after working in bike and car sharing in Boston, MA, where he managed data analysis and system performance improvement. Mr. Cuerda graduated with honors from Tufts University with a BA in Political Science, has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and is also ABD in Geography at UIUC where he has conducted research on rare livestock breed conservation.
Title Research Associate
Experience/Biography Ms. Buchanan works with DataHaven staff and partner organizations to write and publish reports, and to manage information for DataHaven databases. In the past, she has interned for the City of Philadelphia, worked as a research intern at the Kinder Institute of Urban Research, and conducted a comprehensive study on hike and bike trails in Southeast Houston. Ms. Buchanan graduated with honors from Rice University in Houston, where she earned a BA in Economics.
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
CEO Comments DataHaven has attracted and retained excellent full-time staff to lead the organization and execute its workplan. Since 2009, Mark Abraham, Executive Director, has been responsible for the management and strategic development of DataHaven.
Board Chair
Priscilla Canny Ph.D.
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2007 to Dec 2016
Board of Directors
Carl Amento South Central Regional Council of Governments
Christina Ciociola The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Paul Cleary Ph.D.Yale School of Public Health
Rick Dunne Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments
Karyn Gilvarg AIACity of New Haven
Jennifer Heath United Way of Greater New Haven
Andrew Orefice Yale-New Haven Hospital
Caroline Smith SeeClickFix
Dr. Emily Wang MD, MASYale University School of Medicine
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 6
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2016
Projected Revenue $358,700.00
Projected Expenses $331,854.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Form 990s
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
Calibrating the Community - Executive Summary of DataHaven Community Index2013View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$59,162$8,633$24,615
Current Assets$56,717$6,933$22,702
Long-Term Liabilities$2,867----
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$56,295$8,633$24,615
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $36,700The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $36,500CERC $95,610
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Yale New Haven Hospital $20,000The Community Foundaiton for Greater New Haven $40,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --City of New Haven $10,000Annie Casey Foundation $25,000
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
CEO Comments
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 129 Church Street
6th Floor
New Haven, CT 06510
Primary Phone 203 5007059
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mark Abraham
Board Chair Priscilla Canny Ph.D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired


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