Turning Numbers into Data That Tell Stories
Students in the Center for Analytics perform tasks associated with data aggregation, visualization, and analysis in support of partner organizations in the public and private sectors as well as faculty partners.
One of the Center for Analytics first partnerships was with United, the world’s third largest airline. Students traveled to airports across the globe to conduct data mapping to discover patterns to help reduce the workplace injuries of the airline’s 85,000 employees.
“We made a visual data map of an airport and showed millions of data points, and we were able to start to see patterns,” said Christopher Pariso ’15, who is now a technical operations manager for the Center for Analytics.
Since 2012, the efforts of the Center for Analytics has reduced aircraft damages by 23 percent and injuries by 11 percent. The project, which received the 2016 National Safety Council’s Green Cross Award for Safety Innovation, remains ongoing and is open to four students each semester.
The Center for Analytics has partnered with law enforcement and human services agencies in Bridgeport, Hartford, and New Haven to catalog shooting incidents and assist law enforcement agencies with identifying trends in events. Students work with the law enforcement agencies and community partners in each city, enabling them to gain a full understanding of how the entire criminal justice system works in the state of Connecticut. They are able to attain full insight into how a complex research project based on a theory can have practical application on the ground for each agency involved, while observing the impact it has on the individuals involved and their communities.
The Center for Analytics provides data analytic services to assist in driving policy research on issues related to juvenile justice in the state of Connecticut. In this role, CFA coordinates with the Connecticut judicial branch to receive and blend multiple data streams into a common data structures to support analyses on behalf of the Tow Youth Justice Institute.
The Center for Analytics regularly offers employment or internship opportunities for University of New Haven students. Prospective applicants can apply directly for the positions available or inquire for further details by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
After submitting an application, applicants will attend an information session and take part in further activities for selection to the positions they are interested in.
History of Center for Analytics
The foundation for the Center for Analytics was developed by the late Dr. Richard Ward, a Marine and former detective in the NYPD, who is a former dean of the University of New Haven’s Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences.
In the 1990s, he created the Office of International Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois- Chicago. It later became the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups (ISVG) at Sam Houston State University. Blending his experience as a detective with his academic research of terrorism and transnational crime, Dr. Ward was able to fulfill his vision to create a data-driven model that could use minute data related to an event to better predict activities in the future.
Through the ISVG, Dr. Ward developed the largest open source database of terrorist events. With more than 350,000 events, 38,000 individuals and 3,200 groups, the ISVG database represented a truly unique dataset that was used by organizations in the private and public sectors, as well as scholars in the field.
In 2008, Dr. Ward moved the ISVG from Sam Houston State University to the University of New Haven and continued to perform research and analysis of issues related to violent extremism and transnational crime. As the organization grew, ISVG began using techniques it had used to study terrorism to assist other organizations, such as law enforcement and private sector partners, analyze their own data.
In 2013, the think tank officially became the Center for Analytics. Since then, the total number of student researchers has doubled to more than 100. Many of these students go on to serve as staff within the CFA while others go on to serve in the fields of national security, policy research, and data science.