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This resource page is dedicated to those resources that are aligned with COH project partners.  The purpose of the page is to provide our users with access to information that enhances the work that we all do.


The Opportunity Atlas

Which neighborhoods in America offer children the best chance to rise out of poverty?

The Opportunity Atlas answers this question using anonymous data following 20 million Americans from childhood to their mid-30s. Now you can trace the roots of today’s affluence and poverty back to the neighborhoods where people grew up. See where and for whom opportunity has been missing, and develop local solutions to help more children rise out of poverty.


articles, reports and guides

Kids Living Well – Kids Living Well, formerly The Child and Youth Mental Health Planning Partnership, is comprised of many dedicated and experienced professionals working together to promote the mental health of Travis County children and youth. Monthly meetings heighten the community’s awareness of emerging issues for children and families, serve as a place to contribute to and implement the Travis County Children’s Mental Health Plan, and provide opportunities for networking and advocacy. Visit the website here to find the following documents:

Kids Count – Annie E. Casey –  The KIDS COUNT Data Center maintains the best available data and statistics on the educational, social, economic and physical well-being of children. With data at the local, state and national levels, the Data Center features hundreds of indicators, many of which examine the effects of poverty and race on child outcomes. The KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual ranking of states on 16 key measures of child well-being. The Data Book also highlights important trends, such as the growing issue of income inequality or the improving health and educational achievement of U.S. students.

Travis County Research & Planning – identifies and analyzes community issues and informs stakeholders; promotes collaborative solutions to community problems; and evaluates programs, processes and outcomes to maximize impact. Research and planning staff  serve as a resource to the community by providing information, tools, and resources; supporting group processes and planning efforts; and helping to measure and evaluate programs and processes.

NNIP’s ‘Resource Guide to Data Governance and Security’ – provides a curated set of resources to help organizations develop robust data governance programs to protect privacy and human subjects, increase data security, and improve data management.

City of Austin’s Open Data Portal – the official portal for open data from the City of Austin (COA). The City of Austin’s GIS/Map Downloads page is the official portal for COA GIS data and map products that do not reside on

CAN Community Dashboard – a dashboard of 17 socio-economic indicators which provide an overview of the social health and well-being of Austin and Travis County.


National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) – The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership Coordinated by the Urban Institute, NNIP consists of organizations in 32 cities that share a mission to help community stakeholders use neighborhood data for better decisionmaking, with a focus on working with low-income communities.  COH is the Austin partner to NNIP.

Cardea Services – Cardea is a national organization with offices in Oakland, California; Austin, Texas; and Seattle, Washington which provides training, organizational development, and research and evaluation services to improve organizations’ abilities to deliver accessible, high quality, culturally proficient, and compassionate services to their clients and to drive well-grounded, innovative strategies, as well as drive policy and program.  COH is currently partnering with Cardea in Austin on an Opioid Prevention grant.

E3 Alliance – (Education Equals Economics)  E3 Alliance was born in 2006 from conversations among the members of the Austin Area Research Organization (AARO), an organization of business and community leaders committed to the economic and social well-being of Central Texas. E3 Alliance uses the Collective Impact model to ensure that all students succeed and our region’s economy remains thriving and strong.  We convene the leaders from business, industry, community, parents, school districts, higher education, non-profits, and the community-at-large to build relationships of trust, craft a common agenda, and identify and measure the ways they will collaborate and work together for the success of all of our students.

United Way for Greater Austin – United Way for Greater Austin brings people, ideas and resources together to fight poverty in our community. We are here to bring the community together in a united way – to serve as a convener of and backbone for powerful collaborations and to lead a collective fight against poverty.

  • Success By 6 – Creating a future in which all children in our community enter kindergarten healthy, happy and ready to succeed in school and life.
  • 2-Gen – Supporting entire families to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty.

Community Advancement Network (CAN) – CAN is a partnership of governmental, non-profit, private and faith-based organizations which leverage mutual resources to collectively improve social, health, educational and economic opportunities in our community.  CAN provides a unique, collaborative forum to enhance awareness of issues, strengthen partnerships, connect efforts across issue areas, and facilitate development of collaborative strategies.  CAN has created a dashboard of 17 socio-economic indicators which provide an overview of the social health and well-being of Austin and Travis County. By tracking the indicators in this report over time, we identify areas where collective attention and action are needed.  COH serves on the CAN Dashboard Advisory Committee.

Texans Care for Children – a statewide, non-profit, non-partisan, multi-issue children’s policy organization; develops policy solutions, produces research, and engages Texas community leaders to educate policymakers, the media, and the public about what works to improve the well-being of Texas children and families. Funded by a variety of foundations and individual donations, work covers child protective services, juvenile justice, mental well-being, health and fitness, early childhood, and the ways that each of those policy areas work together to shape children’s lives and the future of Texas.

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) – an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. We dare Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families. Provides state legislators, public officials and child advocates with the reliable data, policy recommendations and tools needed to advance sound policies that benefit children and families.

Texas Appleseed – conducts data-driven research that uncovers inequity in laws and policies and identifies solutions for lasting, concrete change. We do this by anchoring a dynamic network of pro bono partners and collaborators to develop and advocate for innovative and practical solutions to complex issues.

Community Commons – resource where data, tools, and stories come together to inspire change and improve communities providing  public access to thousands of meaningful data layers that allow mapping and reporting capabilities so users can thoroughly explore community health.  As a mission driven organization, the technology and resources  developed directly provide innovation for the future.  Custom tools are publicly available whenever possible.

Learn All the Time (LATT) – formerly known as the Central Texas Afterschool Network is a network of 70 collaborating nonprofit and public agencies providing OST or related services to youth and their families. LATT serves as an intermediary organization whose purpose is to guide a research-based approach to coordinate the work of out-of-school time (OST) service providers, public agencies, funders, and schools to achieve the common vision that all Central Texas children and youth become future ready by participating in an eco-system of high-quality out-of-school time experiences.

Travis County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition – To establish and strengthen collaboration among community partners that support in efforts to prevent or reduce youth substance abuse in Travis County. Coalition members include representation from youth substance abuse prevention, treatment, recovery, law enforcement, business, healthcare, public education, non-profit, research, local government, students, parents, and youth-serving organizations.