Measuring Impact

Measuring Collective Impact

Using data to tell the story of our community and drive impact

At United Way, we know that our work depends on what we know. We need a clear picture of the families in our community and the issues they face each day. We need to know who else is working to eradicate poverty so we can work alongside them. And we need to know what is working and what is having real, tangible impact on our community.

When we share what we know with the community, we are providing our partners with powerful tools in raising awareness, serving their clients and constituents, and creating collective impact. In our role as a community leader, we gather, analyze, and report out critical data about the community in which we live – telling the story of our community and its needs.

Examples of our work includes:

  • The 2-1-1 Navigation Center Community Needs and Trends report is a compilation of caller data and feedback. The report illustrates the real demands for health and human services in our region and supports future planning for Texas legislators, city planners and community stakeholders, who are then better equipped to develop policies and programs that tackle the needs in our community.
  • SB6 School Readiness Action Plan, a coalition-created, award-winning ambitious three-year plan to increase the percentage of children who enter kindergarten school ready in Travis County.
  • SB6 Early Care and Education Survey, a bi-annual look at trends across the early care field in our community and the only one of its kind in Central Texas.
  • The SB6 Center Project Dashboards synthesizes all assessment information. These dashboards are provided for each individual child and as an aggregate picture of the entire classroom and center. They are shared with all Early Language Coaches, center teachers, and directors, allowing them to inform instruction and practice.
  • Good Measure, a Mission Capital-led group founded by the Andy Roddick Foundation, Applied Materials Foundation, Central Texas Summer STEM Funder Collaborative, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, St. David’s Foundation and UWATX. This collaborative focuses on providing nonprofits with the training, resources and tools they need to collect and analyze data in order to better understand their impact.
  • University of Texas research partnerships resulting in 2-Gen needs assessments and Pre-Kindergarten impact measurements.

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