CONNECT Program Overview
Central Texas organizations have big challenges to tackle. Graduate students are among the people in our Central Texas community that have the skills organizations need to solve these problems. CONNECT is a way to bring these groups together. Our hope is that this effort will continue to grow and make a contribution toward solving complex community challenges.
CONNECT is a platform focused on connecting organizations in the community who have a data, evaluation, or measurement - related project to tackle with graduate students from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the RGK Center's Portfolio Program in Nonprofit Studies,and other graduate degree programs. The program matches organizations that have scoped a project with graduate students looking for applied and practical experience in the social and/or public sector.
Foundation Communities' Healthy Food Pantry Project (HFPP) aims to reduce food insecurity in Travis County and provide its residents and surrounding community members with access to healthy, fresh foods. The Health Initiatives Department first rolled out the HFPP in 2018 and has since opened up 11 pantries on all of its family properties. They teamed up with CONNECT to conduct an evaluation for the HFPP, specifically focused on assessing the environments of all 11 pantries to learn where improvements to increase attendance at and awareness of its pantries, as well as the overall nutritional knowledge of their residents, could be made.