A new UConn report measures risk factors in Hartford that could hinder children’s learning and identifies six neighborhoods that might benefit from more social services and programs.
The report commissioned by the Hartford school system indicates an overall improvement in risk factors for most city neighborhoods since 2009. Using data, researchers weighed areas such as crime, child poverty, housing, health and low graduation rates when ranking neighborhoods from high to low priority.
Neighborhoods with the largest scores — or most risk factors — were Frog Hollow, Clay Arsenal, Barry Square, Asylum Hill, Upper Albany and Northeast. Katie S. Martin, an assistant professor at UConn, and graduate student Angela G. Colantonio wrote the report released this week.
More than a dozen city neighborhoods assessed in 2009 were evaluated again with data for 2012.
Poverty was weighed heavily and accounted for 25 percent of neighborhood scores. Asylum Hill had the highest child poverty rating, which contributed to it being “the only neighborhood that experienced a relatively large worsening (15%) in total score” over the three-year period, the report stated.
One of the bright spots was Sheldon-Charter Oak, which showed the biggest overall improvement. The report cited better health and education scores, along with a lower percentage of single mothers living in poverty in that neighborhood.
In the report’s conclusion, Colantonio and Martin encouraged community leaders “to investigate what social, economic, cultural, or political changes took place in Hartford neighborhoods in the past few years that may be responsible for the changes in total scores observed.”
UPDATE: Here’s the Courant article.