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Turning Data Into Action

  • Introducing “TROI” –
  • Texas Regional Opportunity Index

Don Baylor, Jr.

Senior Policy Analyst, Economic Opportunity

Houston, TX

October 23, 2013


“You can achieve incredible progress if you set a clear goal and find a measure that will drive progress toward that goal.”

- Bill Gates


The value of good data

  • Identify and understand problems
  • Bring stakeholders together around common goals
  • Track progress toward goals
  • Drive community practice and collective impact
  • Make the case for effective public policy

What TROI is

  • An assessment of how successfully individuals and families are navigatingsystems
  • A tool for benchmark and comparison
  • A comprehensive measure of economic opportunity and mobility
  • A feedback loop for community practice and public policy

National Data Models

CFED Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

  • Opportunity Index

16 Indicators Never Released at County or Regional Level in Texas, including…

  • Credit Card Debt Burden
  • Payday and Auto Title Lender Density
  • Student Debt Burden
  • Subprime Credit Score Rate
  • Long-Term Unemployment Rate
  • Three-year Student Loan Cohort Default Rate
  • FAFSA Completion Rate

Designed for Texas

  • Uses state policy environment as backdrop
  • Baselines and tracks impact of community and regional initiatives
  • Consolidates data housed in multiple state agencies
  • Provides accessible and actionable indicators

Potential Users

  • Non-profit providers
  • Philanthropy
  • Policymakers
  • K-12 and Postsecondary Ed. stakeholders
  • City, county, and regional governments
  • Business
  • Intermediaries or “Backbone Organizations”

Savings & Assets: Community Best Practices

  • Implement a local savings campaign and innovate VITA/tax-time savings platforms, incentives, and accounts
  • Connect K-8 financial education curriculum with children’s savings accounts
  • Invest in high-quality homeownership and foreclosure prevention counseling
  • Connect “Bank On” and other financial inclusion initiatives to emergency savings accounts
  • Implement “auto-save” platforms with participating employers

Savings & Assets: Public Policy

  • Reform or remove liquid asset limits for SNAP and TANF
  • Dedicate funding for the Texas Save & Match to close the College Savings Gap
  • Increase participation by licensed financial institutions in the Texas Financial Education Endowment
  • Implement a Texas IDA program to leverage federal dollars
  • Increase funding for the Housing Trust Fund

Education Service Center IV (Houston)

The “Leaky Pipeline”







All Students

Receive TX Higher Ed Credential

Fall 2011

Begin in 8th Grade

Fall 2000

Enrolled in TX Higher Ed

Fall 2005







Economically Disadvantaged Students


Postsecondary & Skills Development: Community Best Practices

  • Create new work-study opportunities to connect local businesses and industries with community college students in high-demand fields
  • Employ and expand effective integrated service delivery models to meet the financial and social needs of community college students
  • Invest in results-based adult education services and program to leverage state and federal dollars

Postsecondary & Skills Development: Public Policy

  • Expand access to affordable and high quality childcare for full- and part-time workers
  • Invest in financial education for parents of young children in the K-12 system
  • Build upon the Texas Success Initiative and develop specific strategies for adult students in new higher education master plan
  • Invest in adequate levels of need-based grant aid to serve more economically disadvantaged students aspiring to attend college

TROI Credit & Debt Indicators

  • Average Credit Score
  • Bankruptcy Rate (per 10,000 residents)
  • Credit Card Debt Burden
  • Excellent Credit Score Rate (Above 740)
  • Payday & Auto Title Lender Density (per 100 residents)
  • Student Loan Debt Burden
  • Subprime Credit Score Rate (Below 660)

TROI 2.0

  • Community best practices to improve TROI measures
  • Case studies of local communities using TROI as shared measurement tool
  • State policy solutions to increase economic opportunity
  • Historical data and trends
  • Information on relationships between indicators
  • Newand updatedmeasures
  • User community