The Houston Area Survey on Health, Education, and the Arts (SHEA)

What's new...

  • The key findings of the Education Survey are now available. Click here to find out more.
  •  Presentations and videos from the Houston Arts Survey conference are now available. Please contact us to gain access.
  • The research team has conducted extensive literature reviews in the three substantive areas covered by the SHEA study. Click through the menu to find a collection of the best research reports and journal articles that the project has identified.


Houston Endowment, Inc. has funded three comprehensive surveys, designed to assess systematically Harris County residents' experiences and attitudes with regard to the arts, educational disparities, and public health issues in urban America. 

The surveys were developed in consultation with local leaders and experts, many of whom served on one of three yearlong Advisory Panels, to help in the process of fashioning and interpreting the survey questions in each of these three key areas of urban life. The three surveys were conducted during 2011-2012, in telephone interviews with a scientifically selected representative sample of 1,200 Harris County residents each. Led by Professor Stephen L. Klineberg, the research team is now in the process of completing the education and health survey reports. 

The Kinder Institute has hosted the Houston Arts Survey conference in September 2012. The project will culminate in one local symposium at Rice University in the fall of 2013, which will bring renowned academic scholars and urban experts into conversation with local leaders and researchers, to review the central findings from the education and health surveys and explore their implications for the development of public policies that can help to address the educational disparities, and enhance community health in cities across America. 

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Advisory Panels

One important outcome of this project was the establishment of three yearlong advisory panels on the arts, education, and community health.

Each panel was composed of both local and national experts, who agreed to confer periodically with the project team, both by telephone and face-to-face meetings, from 2011 through 2012. The panels offered continuing guidance, technical support, and substantive advice, as the team worked to improve the research methodology and to design and complete the best possible surveys.

You may click here for a full list of the researchers and experts whom we have consulted on the project.

Houston Endowment

The SHEA study is majorly funded by Houston Endowment Inc., a philanthropic organization founded in 1937 by Jesse and Mary Gibbs. Their vision is to build a healthy and vibrant community through the establishment and development of institutions and organizations that would nurture the people in the greater Houston area and encourage the growth of the city.

The Houston Endowment supports artistic achievement and cultural knowledge. It also supports initiatives in public and higher education, as well as initiatives to promote wellness, prevent disease and improve access to primary care.


- Last updated on August 6, 2013.