Leveraging Data to Shape Our Future
Accurate data is critical to understanding and addressing the challenges facing Texans now and in the future. Texas 2036 is committed to building the strongest future for Texas through research grounded in clear, valuable, disaggregated data – bringing to view disparities that could otherwise be hidden by aggregation.
Data as Big as Texas
Explore these interactive resources to gain data-driven insights about Texas across important policy areas including justice, health and employment.
Explore the Data
Education and Workforce
Aim Hire Texas Regional Workforce Data
Current and future education and workforce needs are displayed across Texas Workforce Development Areas. Employing education-to-workforce pipeline data, it’s a unique analysis not previously available. (Last updated Fall 2021)
Texas Advanced Coursetaking Dashboard
Texas Education Agency data are visualized to reveal disparities in advanced course offerings for select student groups across school, senate and house districts as well as Educational Service Center regions. (Last updated December 2022)
Community College Finance Simulator
The impact of changes to the state financial formula for community colleges is presented, showing the effects for both individual community college districts and the state budget.
Privately Issued Credentials Initiative
Data about credentials offered by Texas-based private entities and employers is displayed to improve public access and transparency, performed in collaboration with national nonprofit Credential Engine. Such valuable information supplements the state repository of credentials from public state institutions and education/training programs.
Future-Proofing Texas School Funding
Visual representations of funding mechanisms for Texas’ education system are presented. The volatility of global and local oil production on funding school finance is discussed and funding options are presented.
Who are the Uninsured in Texas?
In partnership with the Cicero Group, this study is perhaps the most in-depth, state-level look at people without health insurance designed to help identify barriers and personal decisions that impact access to affordable care. Texas has the nation’s highest uninsured rate — about five million people, or 18% of residents in 2021, compared to the national average of 8.6%. Most uninsured Texans qualify for a government health program or for federal subsidies that would help pay for coverage but have not signed up. (Last updated October 24, 2022)
Health Price Transparency Dashboard
This tool evaluates compliance across the state, including filters by region and senate district, of all 644 Texas hospitals subject to state and federal price transparency rules. Explore visualizations of actual prices for certain health care services and procedures by hospital, payer and region with periodic expansion of datasets. (Last updated Fall 2022)
Health Coverage Policy Explorer
This tool allows all Texans – both policymakers and the public – to explore policy alternatives and combine policies to maximize both the number of covered Texans and federal funding streams, including options to expand Medicaid statewide or for certain populations, such as post-partem mothers, and make important changes to address access and affordability of coverage on the Affordable Care Act Exchange, such adopt fixed-rate review or create a state-based exchange. (Last updated Spring 2021)
The Center for Public Finance at Rice University’s Baker Institute of Public Policy examines the benefits – and challenges – that come with expanding broadband to connect the millions of Texans currently unable to access this critical resource. (May 2022)
Changing World Oil Markets and the Texas Economy
A partnership with the Center for Houston’s Future, this examines how losses in the oil and gas industry would affect the Texas economy, specifically K-12 education funding. Included are oil price scenarios, forecasts of oil and gas production over the next 15 years, and estimates on the Texas budget, economy, and school funding. (March 2021)
Investing in Texas: Energy Expansion
Using carbon capture, geothermal energy and hydrogen as examples, this details how Texas can continue its energy leadership in the 21st century, as growing demand for clean, zero-carbon energy fuels a worldwide energy expansion. (April 2022)
Texas’ potential negative economic impacts are presented, based on the State Water Plan’s projection of insufficient additional water supplies to meet increasing demand over the next 50 years. (June 2022)
Investing in Texas: State Parks
Research indicates that every $1 in public money spent on parks can generate between $4 and $12 in economic return. State park investment can generate meaningful and measurable economic benefits at the state level as well as for local and rural economies. (July 2022)
Justice and Safety
Texas Law Enforcement Data Landscape
Benchmark Analytics partnered on this report on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and their effectiveness at regulating law enforcement. Current processes of hiring and firing peace officers are also examined including analyses to estimate if officers with misconduct move between law enforcement agencies. (November 2022)
Modernizing Texas’ Child Welfare IT System
Jointly published by Texas 2036 and the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services, the report dives in on the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services’ outdated IMPACT data system that further impedes caseworkers’ ability to review important electronic case file information. (January 2023)
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the weather forecasts. Innovative research led by Texas State’s Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon predicts our extreme weather events and natural disasters up to the year 2036. (October 2021)
Investing in Texas: Cybersecurity and IT Modernization
Given recent sizable state and federal appropriations for technology upgrades, the report delves into both challenges and opportunities for the state government. Included are optimal cybersecurity financing, identifying unique risks, allocating limited resources despite competing priorities and coordinating efforts with stakeholders. (June 2022)
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