Texas Pride Impact Funds’ initial major undertaking was a first of- its-kind statewide assessment of LGBTQ needs, services, and service providers. It was clear to our founding Steering Committee that conducting a needs assessment was a best practice in terms of informed giving. Before launching our grant program it became a priority to identity community needs and gaps in services and TPIF hired researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas to conduct a study utilizing surveys of individuals and organizations, focus groups, in-depth interviews and data analysis to explore the demographics and concerns of the state’s LGBTQ population. The researchers worked to include rural, urban, and suburban residents, as well as a variety of ages and racial and ethnic backgrounds.
TPIF is committed to advancing our understanding of LGBTQ issues across Texas through future research projects to build on our first research achievement.
Publication (2018): Statewide LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment
This summary of the full Texas Pride Impact Funds (TPIF) report addresses the broad scope of needs for the diverse members of the LGBTQ communities living in Texas. The report focuses on issues including demographic composition, economic stability, education, legal and civic participation, physical and mental well- being, and public awareness. It includes previously understudied special populations such as communities of color, senior citizens, transgendered people, and residents of rural communities.
We seek to illustrate both the diverse and specific needs of individuals in the Texas LGBTQ community. We also hope that this information will inspire giving and long-term investment to address the needs of LGBTQ Texans and further enrich the lives of all LGBTQ Texans. The 2017 IMPACT! Texas Needs Assessment study and its full report, is the first-ever statewide effort to assess the needs of the Texas LGBTQ communities.
Full Research Document (2017): Impact Texas LGBTQ Needs Assessment
Impact Texas LGBTQ Needs Assessment Report by UTD - Part 1 (Report - 80 pages)
Impact Texas LGBTQ Needs Assessment Report by UTD - Part 2 (Data Tables, Literature Review and Bibliography - 109 pages)
Report (Parts 1 & 2) prepared by The University of Texas at Dallas' School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences Department For Texas Pride Impact Funds October 2017 with data tables (Appendices A & B) and Literature Review and Bibliography (Appendices C & D).