Connecticut Residents Urged "Pick Up the Phone!" to Support Largest-Ever Statewide Wellbeing Survey

May 14, 2015, 10:00 ET from DataHaven

NEW HAVEN, Conn., May 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- How happy are you? Have you seen a dentist lately? Are local government officials responsive to your needs? These are some of the questions being asked by friendly survey-takers — in English and Spanish — helping the nonprofit DataHaven and dozens of leading community and charitable groups complete the largest-ever wellbeing survey of Connecticut residents. A record number of participants will pick up the phone — over 15,000 by the time the 2015 Community Wellbeing Survey is complete.

"Our experience shows that people like to answer these questions about their own happiness and health, financial security, communities and neighborhoods," says Mark Abraham, Executive Director of DataHaven, which leads the campaign. "These questions show that someone cares about how they feel."

DataHaven, a leader in the collection and study of neighborhood-level public data on key social and economic indicators, announced in mid-April the commencement of the 2015 Survey — called the most intensive effort of its kind in the United States — to continue through the summer. This nationally recognized program provides neighborhood- and regional-level information, not available from any other source, on community vitality, health, family economic security, and individual happiness. Other topics such as civic engagement, transportation, housing, and employment are included.

Seeing the potential impact, dozens of Connecticut's leading hospitals, government agencies, universities, and charities are backing the 2015 Community Wellbeing Survey with major donations. Unlike most statewide and national surveys, the DataHaven program has brought together grassroots efforts across the state — effectively unifying dozens of existing regional surveys into a single, high-quality program. DataHaven designed the 2015 Community Wellbeing Survey with the support of nearly 100 government, academic, healthcare, and community partners located in Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, Stamford, Waterbury, New Britain, Norwalk, Danbury, New London, and elsewhere.

Building on the success of its 2012 survey of Greater New Haven, DataHaven's 2015 Community Wellbeing Survey will again implore residents: "Make a difference: Pick up your cell phone or home phone, help your community learn more about your needs, and tell us what you need for greater happiness and wellbeing in your neighborhood."

Residents of Connecticut and some areas of New York will receive phone calls from survey-takers throughout the spring and summer, generally appearing as a 518 area code on caller ID systems. More information at

Contact, (973) 744-4101

SOURCE DataHaven