Assistant Professor, RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, LBJ School of Public Affairs
At the Austin Area Sustainability Indicators (A2SI), we aim to measure quality of life, sustainability trends, and serve as the foundation for a systems approach to address challenges in Central Texas. The initiative is led by Patrick Bixler at the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, where we report on indicators to inform the community on critical Central Texas issues in need of attention. Indicators describe context, identify trends, and translate data into points that are easier to communicate. Our indicators span population demographics, civic life, education, health, mobility, economy and environment.
Making Texas resilient is our grand challenge.
Texas’ population is on track to double by 2050. Climate change will bring more floods, more droughts and more heat. In order to thrive, we need innovative strategies to equitably adapt to these new realities and to mitigate negative impacts on our communities.
What does it mean to have a healthy nonprofit sector? The authors explore the idea of including social capital, both cognitive and structural, in measuring the performance of nonprofit organizations, philanthropic investment and the overall health of the sector.
What is the perspective of philanthropic foundations on using data to effectively measure social impact? This article explores the data ecosystem of Central Texas and offers ways to think about how data and information influences grantmaking.