Tracking Eighth-Graders' Post-Secondary Outcomes in Harris County
Higher education is becoming increasingly more in demand as it's predicted that by the year 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the U.S. will require some post-secondary education and training beyond high school. Knowing this, the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) used the Houston Community Data Connections platform to track hundreds of thousands of Houston-area students' educational and professional careers for 17 years.
The community tabulation areas (CTAs) developed by the Kinder Institute are designed to serve as approximations of neighborhoods, based specifically on census geographic boundaries. Check to see how the Kinder Institute delineated the CTA boundaries.
On March 24th, the "stay at home" order went into effect in Houston and Harris County. Two weeks have passed since then, and we have all made adjustments and sacrifices that perhaps feel extreme and costly. To provide some clarity in the midst of confusion, we used epidemiologists’ COVID-19 models to put numbers to the hospitalizations and deaths in Harris County that can be prevented between now and June by our collective adherence to the “stay at home” order.
Where Jobs Are Being Lost or At-Risk due to COVID-19
The neighborhoods hit hardest by COVID-19 related job losses are residential areas where workers in industries like hotel and food services are concentrated. To help identify those at-risk neighborhoods, we estimated how many jobs might have been lost or at risk by residents in each neighborhood in Harris County.
Drawing from numerous data sources, researchers at the Kinder Institute have conducted analysis and created an interactive story map to present the information of estimated damages caused by Hurricane Harvey. The Story Map provides the community with Harvey-related data including estimated economic cost of the storm; rainfall estimates; most affected neighborhoods; location, age and building type of likely affected homes; demographic characteristics of the affected population; and the affected schools’ information.
2-1-1 is a free helpline operated by United Way of Greater Houston 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in many languages. With harvey-related 211 call data between August 28 and October 10, we created the dashboard to show the distribution of harvey-related 2-1-1 calls across Harris County area, major needs as well as many other interesting patterns. Click to explore the data.
In 2017, Congress established the Investing in Opportunity Act - Opportunity Zones in order to spur investment in some of the nation’s most underserved neighborhoods by offering capital gains tax incentives to investors. The HCDC team has created a story board to explain the mechanism of the program and provides information on all designated OZs in metro Houston.
As community groups canvass neighborhoods door to door to determine what actually happened when Harvey's record-breaking rain fell across the region, newly available data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency reveals where some of the highest impacts were recorded, capturing everything from home and car damage to food and shelter needs.