Community Information Now

Improved lives and decreased disparities through democratized data

San Antonio, TX   |  http://www.cinow.info

Mission

CI:Now provides data, tools, analysis, and training to inform decisions to improve Texas communities. Our vision is improved lives and decreased disparities through democratized data.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Laura McKieran

Main address

c/o UTHealth School of Public Health in San Antonio 7411 John Smith Dr., Ste 1100

San Antonio, TX 78229 USA

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Formerly known as

Alamo Area Community information System

EIN

81-5286030

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (V05)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Good data informs decisions and actions, typically leading to better results than decisions driven by politics, whim, "business as usual", or anecdotes. The most useful data is accurate, timely, understandable, and appropriate to the issues of interest. That kind of data is not readily at hand for most people: it may be privately held, splintered across multiple sources, not in a human-readable format, too raw to be usable, or just not analyzed and presented in the best way for the need.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Data integration, analysis, and/or visualization for the general public

CI:Now works to maximize public access to and use of data, tools, analysis, and training. CI:Now collects, integrates, analyzes, visualizes, and communicates data through web-based tools and reports that are available to the general public through CINow.info and/or partners' websites. Examples of initiatives to expand data access include the online Viz-a-lyzer and Data Explorer, community assessments, public-facing indicator dashboards and portals, and brief Data Spotlights. CI:Now also offers resources and training to help people understand and use data.

Population(s) Served

CI:Now provides an array of data supports to public and nonprofit organizations and collaboratives. Examples of this type of work include program- and system-level evaluation services, assistance with performance management and reporting, custom data requests, data support for Results-Based Accountability and similar approaches, geocoding and other GIS help, and custom presentations.

Population(s) Served

CI:Now provides "backbone" staffing support to the Alamo Regional Data Alliance (ARDA). Founded in late 2016, ARDA's vision is to improve the lives of people in our region by establishing and supporting a culture of data-driven action. CI:Now provides staffing support to the elected Steering Committee and Workgroups, provides guidance and overall logistical support, assists with community engagement and communications, coordinates an annual convening, supports Steering Committee elections, assists in sustainability planning and resource development, and leads or supports Community Strategy-related projects not best executed by an ARDA partner organization.

Population(s) Served

Community Information Now (CI:Now) is an active local partner in the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, a network of local organizations that connect people with neighborhood data. Supported and coordinated by the Urban Institute, NNIP network activities build local partners’ capacity to democratize data to inform local decisionmaking and support residents working to strengthen their neighborhoods and communities. CI:Now contributes to and is strengthened through NNIP through peer learning by actively participating in-person meetings and webinars, technical assistance calls, and the development of written and online tools and guides. CI:Now’s Executive Director also serves in a three-year term on NNIP’s Executive Committee, which sets network policy, plans meetings and other activities, and monitors network performance.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (Urban Institute) 2010

Affiliations & memberships

National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership 2010

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Most people and organizations don't have easy access to the data needed to make informed decisions.
CI:Now bridges the gap between the data and the user, unlocking non-public data and translating raw data into actionable information. Our vision is improved lives and decreased disparities through democratized data.

Becoming a community that is good at using data requires more than just data access and we help build these capacities:
- a culture of valuing data,
- data literacy,
- processes and structures to support data use and communication,
- good data management practices,
- access to data,
- help in using data effectively, and
- collaborative and continual planning and action to build local capacity to use data.

We support the Alamo Regional Data Alliance’s vision to improve the lives of people in our region by establishing and supporting a culture of data-driven action. We align our work with ARDA's Community Strategy whenever possible.

CI:Now collects data, integrates datasets across sectors, turns raw private data into information can be shared publicly, and analyzes and communicates data. We also assist nonprofits, public agencies, and individuals in understanding and using the data to inform decisions and improve results. Following are CI:Now's two externally-oriented strategies for 2018-2020.

1. Further our mission by continuing to engage in strategic partnerships with local, state, and national organizations

Related objectives include data support to local initiatives and joint learning through the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership and Alamo Regional Data Alliance.

2. Maximize public access to and use of data, tools, analysis, and training

Related objectives include expanding access to new datasets, addressing hurdles to public access, supporting digital inclusion, and providing training and supports to increase capacity to use data and information.

Some of CI:Now's core capacities include:

- Collection and analysis of secondary/existing data to assist in neighborhood and community planning or change monitoring

- Integration of administrative datasets to link the records of individuals or households across service sectors

- Data visualization through maps, charts, scatterplots, and other formats

- Development of automated dashboards or other data visualizations

- Assisting many different audiences in understanding and using data

- Evaluation of intervention effects on community-wide systems and individual program participants

- Consultation on the development of outcomes/results and indicators and selection of data sources

- Administrative and logistical support to data-related collaboratives

CI:Now debuted as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit in July 2017, having long operated under the United Way's fiscal agency. In our first year we built and then expanded the interactive Viz-a-lyzer (viz.cinow.info), developed the ACS Tool to be launched later this year, published two Data Spotlights, provided 27 help desk hours to eight different organizations/departments, worked on 25 different projects for 10 public and nonprofit partners, staffed the Alamo Regional Data Alliance (alamodata.org), and contributed in dozens more community meetings.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board of directors
as of 9/28/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Lloyd Potter

UT San Antonio/Texas State Demographer

Term: 2014 - 2019

Mark Holliday

Methodist Healthcare Ministries

Richard Milk

San Antonio Housing Authority

Anna Taranova

University Health System

Tim Trevino

Alamo Area Council of Governments

Mary Ellen Burns (Honorary Director)

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

Vince Fonseca

University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine

Manjiri Akalkotkar

VIA Metropolitan Transit

Maria Robledo Montecel

Intercultural Development Research Association

Christopher Heiser

El Centro del Barrio dba CentroMed