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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


September 1, 2022
More communities are considering new public safety strategies outside of only policing and they need to understand their city’s current spending on safety to inform that... [read more]
December 8, 2021
Community Information Now (CI:Now) has won a highly-competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health... [read more]


July 28, 2022
Video - By: Kailas Venkitasubramanian, Cristina Martinez , Elizabeth Burton

Community Information Now (CI:Now), UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, Urban Institute

Tech Survey Results slides
NNIP Resources for Learning R, Downloading PUMS Data in Python, R Labelled Package
July 28, 2022
Protocol/Methods - By: Cristina Martinez

Community Information Now (CI:Now)

May 20, 2022
Report - By: CI:Now

Community Information Now (CI:Now)

2022 Bexar County Healthy Aging Community Profile
January 26, 2022
Report - By: Community Information Now

Community Information Now (CI:Now)

Link to report
May 25, 2021
Meeting Materials - By: Cristina Martinez

Community Information Now (CI:Now)


Partner Webinars

July 28, 2022 - 1:00pm

This webinar explored the technology used by NNIP partners for data collection, processing and sharing.... [read more]

Presenters Elizabeth Burton, Urban Institute, Kailas Venkitasubramanian, Charlotte, Cristina Martinez, San Antonio
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