CPAL Uses Data to Organize and Inform Action Across Dallas

In early 2019, CPAL will release its “roadmap to reducing child poverty by 50% within a generation” analysis. The analysis will highlight the critical leading indicators and associated levels of measurable change needed to reach our north star goal. CPAL will subsequently support unlocking resources and activating community action tied to those leading indicators.



Our Rallying Actions

CPAL recognizes moving from theory to action can be challenging for any collaborative large-scale effort. Yet, we have heard from stakeholders across the region a desire to begin acting on initial strategies that can yield tangible results quickly—allowing our collective efforts to build momentum as we work together to complete the more comprehensive roadmap. The two initiatives below are illustrations of “high-impact, quick-win” strategies already underway.


Increasing WIC Participation

  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is the nation’s largest nutrition program exclusively provided for pregnant women, postpartum women, and children aged 0-5.

  • WIC has over 30 years of bipartisan support and research-backed impact. In the short term, WIC participation improves birth outcomes, physical development, and cognitive development for low-income children. In the longer term, this translates into reading and math learning, closing opportunity gaps that could otherwise prevent low-income children from achieving economic mobility in the future.

  • WIC participation in Dallas has been significantly declining over the last decade. CPAL estimates as many as six out of every ten eligible participants are not accessing WIC support, leaving more than $50 million in available funding from reaching our community each year.

  • CPAL will rally stakeholders around increasing WIC participation in Dallas, using data analysis to recommend (a) optimal locations to place WIC centers, (b) improvements to center-level operations, and (c) marketing opportunities in to improve awareness.


Preventing Child Abuse

  • Individuals who experience 4+ traumas, including physical abuse, as a child are up to 17.6 times as likely to report food insecurity when they grow up and become parents.

  • Since 2001, the annual rate of confirmed child abuse in Dallas County has grown by 28.9%.

  • Through a unique partnership with SMU CORE, bcWorkshop, and Rutgers CPS, CPAL will bring a predictive analytics technique known as risk terrain modeling (RTM) to Dallas. RTM will enable our region to accurately forecast approximately 60% of child abuse cases in only 4% of Dallas’ surface area.

  • Using RTM insights, CPAL will work to mobilize stakeholders and influence the allocation of our existing resources to hot spots where the greatest need and potential to achieve meaningful impact exists.



Take Action

Ending childhood poverty will take all of us, working with families, communities, and systems of change.