Research & Data


The Center for Social Measurement and Evaluation (CSME) supports the research and evaluation efforts across all of CHILDREN AT RISK’s issue areas. 

Center for Social Measurement and Evaluation

The Center for Social Measurement and Evaluation (CSME) supports the research and evaluation efforts across all of CHILDREN AT RISK’s primary issue areas, centers, and policy initiatives.  CSME produces data tools to empower individuals with the information they need to drive and inform policy change.

Data-Driven Community Advocacy Tools

CSME designs and disseminates data-based research tools including:

  • Annual School Rankings
  • School data for parents through
  • Early education data and interactive maps

Research & Evaluation

CSME assesses the impact of policies and programs, resulting in evaluations including:

  • Nonprofit program evaluation
  • Corporate social investment reports
  • Community health needs assessments
  • Fiscal evaluations


CSME produces research-oriented publications including:

  • Growing Up in Houston
  • Growing Up in North Texas
  • The Journal of Applied Research on Children
  • The Journal of Family Strengths

Our Latest Research & Data Analysis

Which Texas Schools Were Most Resilient?

For more than a decade, CHILDREN AT RISK (C@R) has ranked and graded Texas public schools to help parents, educators, and community members understand how schools in their community are performing, and to spark dialogue on the quality of public education across Texas. This year, when CHILDREN AT RISK would normally be putting out the 2021 School Rankings, we will instead be releasing the School...

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Call for Papers: the Importance of Sleep for Child Wellbeing

Children’s sleep is an integral part of development. Untreated sleep disorders can often have multiple negative impacts on children’s development, health, and long-term wellbeing. Sleep is also an important component of the family dynamic and overall household health. Pediatric Sleep Medicine specialists rely heavily on adult sleep research data to help aid policy development in treating...

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Children and Climate Change | Volume 12. Issue 1 of the Journal of Applied Research on Children

Climate change is a global emergency, but its impacts are not equally distributed across our society. Children, especially children in economically disadvantaged or historically marginalized communities, bear the greatest impact. From increasing exposure to pollution to climate disasters to environmental justice, today’s youth face both new challenges and new opportunities to drive social...

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Call for Papers: Child Firearm Injury & Domestic Violence

Children at Risk's Journal of Applied Research on Children and Journal of Family Strengths seek papers on two special issue topics: child firearm injury/safety and the impact of COVID-19 on domestic violence. Journal of Applied Research on Children Children at Risk and the Texas Medical Center Library request submissions for an upcoming special issue of the Journal of Applied Research on...

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C@R Hosts Roundtable with JFS Authors on Youth Suicide

Content Warning: Discussion of Suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit  for 24 hour support. Even before the pandemic, youth suicide was reaching crisis levels across the United States. Over the last two decades, the rate of death by suicide for youth aged...

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COVID-19 Related Child Care Closures

Child care centers, already some of the most economically vulnerable businesses in Texas, provide an essential service to working families and critical early educaation for young children. Throughout the pandemic, permanent, temporary, and extended closures have left thousands of Texan families without access to reliable child care. Before COVID-19, child care was in short supply and cost more...

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2021 Kroger School Food Rankings

Across Texas, over 3 million students from low-income households qualify for free or reduced-price school meals through federal programs, such as the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.  For many of these children, meals eaten at school are the only substantial meals they receive during the day. The ongoing global pandemic further illuminates the critical role school...

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Chronic Absenteeism In Texas

Before the pandemic, Texas had a problem with chronic absenteeism in its schools. Statewide, chronic absenteeism averages at 12.5% pre-COVID and varies dramatically by region. More than 740,000 students missed at least one-tenth of their instruction in 2019. The pandemic has likely exacerbated chronic absenteeism as more students face new challenges and educational disruptions. Chronic...

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Growing Up In Houston: Assessing the Quality of Life of Our Children

In partnership with the United Way of Greater Houston, JPMorgan Chase & Co., CHILDREN AT RISK is excited to share the 2021-2022 edition of Growing Up in Houston: Assessing the Quality of Life of Our Children. The goal of the GUIH project is three-fold: to provide stakeholders in our children’s future with a tool to help identify the most strategic and pressing areas for intervention; to...

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