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Now Hiring – Data Whiz GRA for Fall 2015

August 10, 2015cfrp, data

We’re seeking a data whiz Graduate Research Assistant for the fall to support our data staff and research projects. The position is open to all departments – share with your colleagues. Great benefits, great team! Full details below:

STUDENT POSITION: Social Policy Data Graduate Research Assistant – Fall 2015


The Graduate Research Assistant will:

  • Use Stata to assist with data cleaning/analysis
  • Provide data management/analytic support to faculty and staff researchers
  • Support data collection (online, mail, & phone surveys)
  • Other tasks and support as needed


  • Proficient with Stata and/or SAS required (must be comfortable working with syntax)
  • Candidates will be required to take a Stata test before advancing to the interview phase
  • Experience with data management/manipulation
  • UT Graduate student (not limited to LBJ, but should have relevant background)
  • Independent, reliable worker with strong work ethic
  • Represent CFRP professionally (e.g. tone, attire, language, promptness, etc.) in all communications and meetings
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Exceptional time management skills
  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Be respectful and supportive of other GRA’s, students, and staff


  • Fall  2015 appointment:  September 1, 2015 through January 15, 2016
  • Full time appointment: 20 hour/week
  • All work is onsite at CFRP/LBJ School of Public Affairs
  • Pay rate is $20-$22 per hour, depending on qualifications
  • Must be enrolled in at least 9 semester hours
  • Tuition assistance provided  for up to 9 hours total
  • Potential to continue into the spring; continuation is dependent on quality of work and funding
  • Independent use of program data is not allowed

Please submit resume to by Tuesday, August 18, 2015Competitive candidates will be contacted for an interview.


KIDS COUNT: An Amazing Resource for Data About Kids

March 11, 2015data, demographics, early childhood, teens

CaptureLast week, CFRP faculty and staff attended the Center for Public Policy Priorities’ (CPPP) release of the 2015 State of Texas Children report. CPPP is home to the Texas KIDS COUNT Project, the state level site of the national KIDS COUNT effort funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

We’re fortunate to have such a great resource as CPPP right in our backyard in Austin. In addition to holding special events, they also provide access to several interactive, online data tools, including the national KIDS COUNT Data Center. The KIDS COUNT Data Center hosts data on children at both the state and county levels for over 50 indicators, including demographics, economic well-being, education, family and community, health, and safety and risky behavior.

CPPP’s 2015 report highlights some key data about children in Texas:

  • Capture3More than 7 million kids, or nearly 1 in 11 kids in the U.S., live in Texas.
  • 25 percent of Texas kids live in poverty, yet only 5 percent of Texas parents are unemployed.
  • Texas kids’ uninsured rate is the second highest in the nation. Only 1 out of 8 Texas children are insured.
  • 60 percent of Texas students are low-income (below 200% of poverty line).
  • For every dollar invested in Pre-K, Texas saves a minimum of $3.50.
  • 11 percent of babies in Texas were born to teen mothers. Texas has the highest rate of repeat births to teens.

For the summary report, full report, and video recording of the release event, go to the CPPP KIDS COUNT page.


New Census Reports – Child Poverty Down Overall, But Will It Fall in Texas Too?

September 16, 2014data, demographics

Today the U.S. Census Bureau released data about income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in the U.S. for 2013 based on the Current Population Survey. For the first time since 2000, the child poverty rate declined from the previous year. In 2013, 19.9 percent of children under age 18 lived in poverty, down from 21.8 percent in 2012. The number of children in poverty also declined from 16.1 million in 2012 to 14.7 million in 2013.


Texas typically has higher than average rates of children living in poverty. In 2012, nearly 26 percent (25.8%) of Texas children lived in poverty. On Thursday, the U.S. Census Bureau will release data from the American Community Survey, which provides information on poverty at the state-level and we will see if child poverty in Texas experienced a similar decline.


Helpful links:


CFRP profiled by data partner, Texas Advanced Computing Center

October 7, 2013cfrp, data

CaptureThe Texas Advance Computing Center (TACC) is celebrating “100 Diverse Data Collections” and has profiled CFRP as example collection. CFRP has had the privilege with working with TACC for several years now. TACC has become an invaluable partner for our varied data management and data security needs.

Learn more about the amazing power and capabilities that TACC provides and also about how CFRP partners with them for research we conduct in the field of Public Policy -

Updated U.S. Poverty Report Released and Quick Links

September 19, 2013data, demographics

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its annual Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage Report updated with 2012 national level data, as well as briefs and stats from the 2012 American Community Survey for state and community level data. The data from these resources are the foundation of and motivation for many aspects of public policy work and research.

In a nutshell, in 2012, “real median household income and the poverty rate were not statistically different from the previous year, while the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased.” However, there are lots of stats behind that summary – here are some quick links straight to the source:


What’s a Petabyte of Data?

July 10, 2013cfrp, data

162488938smA petabyte of data is more than we’ll ever need at CFRP, but it’s comforting to know that our go to data partner, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), is more than capable of handling that much capacity.  CFRP works with lots of data, from many sources including government agencies, other academic institutions, private organizations, and of course our own data collection projects.  To manage that much data and do it in the most secure way possible, we have been partnering with TACC for years. TACC, located at The University of Texas at Austin, is a national leader in the application of advanced computing technologies and is one of 11 centers across the country providing “leadership-class computing resources to the national research community”.

If you didn’t know, a petabyte is 1015 bytes, or 1000 terabytes, or 1,000,000,000,000,000 bytes.  And TACC just deployed a 20 petabyte global file system supporting research – click here to read more about it. Congratulations to TACC on another advancement; CFRP’s data is definitely in good hands.