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Community Information Now (CI:Now)

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in partnership with the UTHealth Houston School of Public Health in San Antonio

Laura McKieran, Executive Director

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. We find, collect, link and analyze, and visually display the data that our neighbors need to improve neighborhood and regional conditions.  We work to expand people’s access data that is understandable, trustworthy, neutral, and timely. 


CI:Now primarily serves Bexar (San Antonio ) and 11 surrounding counties (Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, and Wilson) in south-central Texas, near the U.S.-Mexico border. While covering the full 12-county area with county- and zip-code level data, CI:Now works to make small-area (e.g., block group or parcel-level) data accessible wherever those data are available.

viz screenshotCI:Now supports both general and focused community information needs. On one track, CI:Now gathers, processes, and engages the broader community around data and stories of perennial and general interest, such as poverty and child immunization rates. On a parallel track, CI:Now responds to the information needs of targeted change-oriented initiatives or topical focus areas.

CI:Now is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit staffed and housed through an innovative community-academic partnership with the UTHealth Houston School of Public Health in San Antonio.  Learn more about our governance and staffing here.

CI:Now became the 35th local partner in the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) in 2010 and is also a member of the Community Indicators Consortium.

Danequa Forrest
Research Coordinator II
Cristina Martinez
Research Coordinator II
Laura McKieran
Executive Director
Jeremy Pyne
Senior Program Manager


April 2020
CI:NOW reframed the gloomy conversation around the COVID-19 outbreak to a message of thanks to the community members who are sheltering at home to protect their families and neighbors. Their... [read more]
October 2019 - August 2020
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute awarded $2 million to 10 organizations... [read more]


November 23, 2020
Job Description - By: Community Information Now

Community Information Now (CI:Now)

June 8, 2020
Blog post - By: Olivia Arena, Kathy Pettit

Community Information Now (CI:Now), The Data Center, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University Center for Social and Urban Research, Urban Institute

March 31, 2020
Blog post - By: the CI:NOW Team

Community Information Now (CI:Now)

You saved 1,271 lives last week
December 2, 2019
Report - By: City of San Antonio Office of Equity, Community Information: Now

Community Information Now (CI:Now)

Link to PDF
October 14, 2019
Presentation - By: Olivia Arena, Laura McKieran , Donovan Lee-Sin

Urban Institute, Community Information Now (CI:Now), The Children's Trust


Partner Webinars

November 30, 2017 - 1:00pm

Ryan Ferriman, Shift Research Lab-- Mile High Data Day- Experience fostering connections, skills, and open data Anise Vance, Boston Indicators -- Responding... [read more]

Presenters Ryan Ferriman , Anise Vance, Marc Rostan, Norma Garza, Dan Brown
February 16, 2017 - 1:00pm

... [read more]

Presenters Maxwell Austensen, NYU Furman Center, John Cruz, Rise , Courtney Denton, CI:NOW, Jennifer Newcomer, Shift Research Lab