A Profile of the Capital Area Community: A Profile of the Capital Area: A Regional Summary

Researcher(s):Ying Tang, Christopher T. King, Katie Ryan, Erin Brown and Suzanne Hershey
Date Published:
March 2006
Publisher(s):
Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, The University of Texas at Austin


Availability:
Full Report (PDF) 21pp.

Abstract: United Way Capital Area (UWCA), Austin has been a key player in providing
support to address the needs of individuals, families and communities in Central Texas, especially in the Austin/Travis County metropolitan area. UWCA conducts fundraising campaigns and currently provides funding to 44 area health and human service providers. For the 2005-2006 fiscal year, all UWCA funded agencies are non-profit organizations, and all but three are based in Travis County. Additionally, UWCA operates programs including 2-1-1 Texas and Hands on Central Texas which serve the ten-county area. UWCA has expanded its involvement in community collaborations in recent years, resulting in initiatives such as Success By 6, which focuses on early childhood.

 

UWCA attempts to align its program funding with a focus on outcomes measurement, requiring funded service providers to demonstrate how they address health and human service priorities. Periodically, UWCA re-assesses the priorities that guide its investment of financial and staff resources. In that pursuit, UWCA supports the Community Agenda Project with the goal of understanding and prioritizing critical health and human service issues facing the ten counties in its Central Texas service area: Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson.

To assist and inform the process of developing the Community Agenda, UWCA selected the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources (RMC), a research center of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, to conduct research leading to a synthesis of existing information and stakeholder perspectives on the priorities in health and human services. Specifically, RMC is charged as follows:

Phase I: Identify, collect and analyze existing regional data on the state of major health and human services issues, indicators and demographic trend; and

Phase II: Gauge the perspectives of major stakeholders across the ten-county area regarding major issues, root causes, solutions and prospects for health and human services.

The Ray Marshall Center's Phase I work resulted in A Profile of the Capital Area Community: A Data Analysis Report for the United Way Capital Area. The report consists of a regional profile and a profile for each of the ten counties under study.

This regional profile highlights special observations about the region as a whole or about a number of counties with common or individual characteristics and trends. A summary of issues shared by six or more counties is provided, based on review of previous work by others in the region. When available, further details about the issues are culled to
provide additional contextual information.


 
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