Below are some of our most frequenty asked questions. Click on each question to view responses. If you have a question about Vermont Insights that you do not see listed, please contact us.
No, not at this time. In the future, we are thinking about asking users to register one-time and set up an account so we can better understand and meet their needs.
Our growing data collection options originate from more than 15 trusted sources at the national, state and local level, such as the United States Census Bureau, Vermont’s Agency of Education and Vermont’s Agency of Human Services (including the Departments of Health and Children and Families).
Yes, the Vermont Insights team is always looking for new and interesting data to add to the site. We have a set of criteria to determine if the data fits within the vision and mission of Vermont Insights. We use data sources that help inform critical child, family, and community well-being issues. If you have data you would like to share, please contact us.
The data content of Vermont Insights is informed by:
Once we determine what data will be most valuable, we run it through a several filters, including:
Yes. Providing timely user support to ensure a positive user experience is important to us. Contact us to make a request.
Training and support materials are currently in development for Vermont Insights and will be released on the site in the near future.
Reports have visuals, narrative and supporting information. Most visuals include a chart, table and/or map, found in the green tabs. The narrative includes two key components: the introduction at the top of the report, "why the data matter," and the findings in the yellow tab, "what the data tell us". The supporting information provides an explanation of data about the meta-data, including how the data are collected, as well as the limitations of the data. This information can be found in the orange tabs after the introduction.
Vermont Insights has a tool called the Community Data Profile. This tool allows Vermont Insights staff (and in the future, will allow users) to pick and choose reports in Vermont Insights, and assemble the data into a collection of reports; what we call a profile.
A Community Data Profile is a collection of two or more reports. Unlike Community Data Profiles, reports typically focus on a single key measure, like population counts or early prenatal care, and are organized by topic on the site. When viewing a Community Data Profile, you will see selected parts of various reports, but not all aspects the each report. For example, the Community Data Profile may include a report's table, but not the report's chart or map.
Yes, but not for all reports. For example, you can find data at the town level in the STep Ahead Recognition System (STARS) monthly report. Within that same report, you can find data by other geographies such as county, Agency of Human Services District, and Education Supervisory Union/Supervisory District. Other reports (e.g. all reports using American Community Survey) contain data as low as the county- or state-level.
See our Future Topics page for more details.
Yes, we want to hear from you. The data you are looking for may be coming soon to Vermont Insights or perhaps we have found that it is difficult to find or acquire. Either way, we want to hear about your child, family and community data needs so we can continue to build and grow Vermont Insights so that it is a useful tool for you. Please contact us with your request(s).
Please refer to our Data Sources page for a list of current data sources the integration status of future data sources.
People use the data in may ways: to help tell stories, assess community needs, set priorities, track progress, inform program or policy decisions, prepare grant proposals and reports and much more. We are very interested in knowing how you use Vermont Insights. Use our contact form to tell us how you use, or plan to use, data in Vermont Insights.
The data in Vermont Insights is the basis for Building Bright Futures' "How are Vermont's Young Children and Families? March 2015" report. The 2016 report will be published in November 2016.
Vermont Insights also advocates for data development to fill information gaps through strategies such as publishing Mind the Gap: Data Assets and Data Gaps briefs, and convening data stakeholder discussions, such as the Data Steward and Stakeholder Annual Summit. See our Publications page for our published work.
We absolutely want to hear from you. Your comments, questions and feedback are critical to our continuous improvement efforts. Use our contact form to share your question or insights with the Vermont Insights team.