The TACDC Research and Publications Program, with vital support from the TACDC Community Development Roundtable, is committed to developing and implementing innovative research projects that accurately portray the needs and goals of the association. Indicating a new level of capacity for the association membership, the TACDC Research and Publications Program promotes sound research principles and consistent publication of results in order to establish benchmarks of need and production of the association. Because of professional content and presentation, TACDC is relied upon by policymakers to precisely represent the viewpoint of low-income and minority communities across the state.
By initiating the TACDC Needs Analysis, the Research and Publications Program has formally outlined the steps that must be taken to help the best positioned practitioners of community development increase their production, bolster vital components of capacity, and build properly structured organizations capable of forming alliances with which to better serve their communities.
Through the implementation of a comprehensive survey designed to accurately portray production of affordable housing, commercial developments, business enterprise developments, as well as program utilization and funding sources, the Research and Publications Program establishes reliable standards that can be used to measure the effectiveness of specific programs as well as overall policy performance.
By identifying and summarizing relevant policy articles and reports from throughout the country and compiling them for Policy Summit participants, the Research and Publications Program provides a “one-stop shop” of background and research material used to backup the policy aims of TACDC.
Because of its excellent network of community development professionals, the Research and Publications Program conducts ongoing member surveys that can be organized, disseminated, tabulated and analyzed quickly to help steer debates while they are happening. Fast and coordinated response to opposing viewpoints is crucial to steering policy at the Texas Legislature, where decisions are made quickly after minimal debate.