Gathering strong data can be used to strengthen evidence-based models. Prevention practitioners in Connecticut have resources available to both localize raw data, and to find tools that allow them to properly employ this data. Statewide data resources include the following:
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS): This resource serves as a comprehensive overview of the youth risk behavior surveillance system which employs methodology that tracks six categories of risk behaviors among youth. This resource includes an overview of the system, along with information about the methods, data analysis tool, questionnaires and much more.
Connecticut Open Data: Helpful resource whose purpose is to provide open access to raw data to the public. This data has not been aggregated or analyzed so it allows individuals to run their own statistical analysis and derive their own results and correlations.
Connecticut State Data Center: Information relating to population estimates and projections that allows for planning and enhancing of state capacity and development.
EdSight: This useful tool from the Connecticut State Department of Education provides statistics relating to educators and students through various parameters and measures.