FAQ

GENERAL

 

What is Houston Community Data Connections?

Launched in 2017, Houston Community Data Connections (HCDC) at the Kinder Institute seeks to facilitate the practical use of data by community leaders for decision-making and capacity building in Houston’s communities. Through the support of the Houston Endowment, HCDC serves as a local data intermediary and provides a cluster of data and research services to the community.

 

HCDC is a member of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP). Coordinated by the Urban Institute, NNIP is a learning network of independent organizations in 30 cities that share a mission to ensure all communities have access to data and the skills needed for using the information to advance equity and well-being across neighborhoods.

How is this initiative different from previous Houston data indicators projects?

HCDC is the first effort in our region to specifically focus on providing neighborhood-level data. In addition, HCDC engages with stakeholders--including nonprofits, researchers, and local government entities-- on an ongoing basis as it responds to data-related requests and provides support in various forms. HCDC’s services include research design, data analysis, data visualization, data training, and other types of technical assistance.

Is this site accessible through mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets?

Yes. This site is designed to be compatible with most web browsers and accessible through mobile devices. However, we recommend using the full desktop version of the site.

DATA DASHBOARD

 

What is the HCDC dashboard?

The HCDC dashboard is a free, online tool that provides neighborhood-level information to help researchers and residents better understand our region. Through the interactive map, users can map indicators of interest for all of Harris County at the neighborhood level. Users can also zoom in on specific neighborhoods via Community Profiles, which contain overviews and visualizations of fundamental indicators as well as an in-depth list of over 100 neighborhood-level indicators. Users can also compare and contrast up to three neighborhoods at a time using the Compare function.

How does HCDC define neighborhood boundaries?

Community Tabulation Areas (CTAs) are developed by Kinder Institute researchers to serve as approximations of neighborhood areas. The CTAs in Harris County contain between 1 and 29 census tracts with a median of 4 census tracts. Click here to learn more about how we develop CTAs. Download CTA shapefile.

What indicators are included in the Data Dashboard?

The HCDC dashboard provides a wide array of indicators, including demographic, education, housing, crime, and safety measures. Click here to see the complete list of indicators.

How often is the data updated?

HCDC updates its data within three months of the release of new data.

How should I cite HCDC’s data?

Please use the following format: “Houston Community Data Connections, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Version 1.0.”

Why should I become a registered user of the HCDC Dashboard?

As a registered user, you can access additional indicators and tools (e.g., compare tools, etc.). More login-specific indicators and features will be added in the future.

REQUESTING DATA & SERVICES

 

How do I submit a request to HCDC?

If you’re having trouble finding the data you need or would like to speak with the HCDC team about receiving data-related support, please send us an email at hcdc@rice.edu or click here to leave us a message.

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