Houston Community Data Connections (HCDC)
HCDC seeks to facilitate the direct practical use of data by city and community leaders to build the capacities of institutions and residents in Houston's distressed neighborhoods.
Made possible by a grant from Houston Endowment, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research will provide the following data and research services to the community:
- Access to a wide array of neighborhood level indicators that track trends in community well-being and residents' quality of life;
- Data visualization services that make information more accessible to local communities;
- Rigorous data analysis to address community-driven research questions;
- Consultation on research design;
- Training on how to use data and technology to improve data literacy;
- Community outreach support to facilitate convenings of partners.
||HCDC is a partner of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, a collaboration of the Urban Institute and local partners in 30 cities to further the development and use of neighborhood-level information systems for community building and local decision-making.
||HCDC is supported by the Houston Endowment, a private philanthropic institution that works across the community for the benefit of the people of greater Houston.
With assets of over $1.6 billion, the foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations totaling approximately $80 million each year in order to enhance civic assets, strengthen systems that support residents, promote post-secondary success, and build a stronger region. Established by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones in 1937, Houston Endowment has a rich legacy of addressing some of greater Houston's most compelling needs. Today the foundation continues efforts to create a vibrant community where all have the opportunity to thrive.