The Harris County Commissioners Court’s Analyst’s Office is a new County department created by the Commissioners Court to provide the members of Commissioners Court and County departments with access to nonpartisan policy research and analysis to support policy decision-making. The Analyst’s Office receives requests directly from member offices of Commissioners Court and produces reports in response to those requests.

Recent Publications

Assessment of Climate Action Plans


Climate Action Plans (CAPs) are strategic documents that outline a collection of measures and policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and are often based on local priorities for reducing emissions. This memo outlines best practices for developing Climate Action Plans; features four jurisdictions that illustrate key components of the best practices; and proposes next steps for the development of a countywide Climate Action Plan in Harris County.

Analysis of Withdrawing from the Houston-Galveston Area Council


Councils of Government (COGs) are coordinating bodies that seek to address the need for comprehensive, coordinated program planning at the regional level. This memo assesses the potential benefits and disadvantages of Harris County withdrawing from its regional COG, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC). This analysis includes a summary of the composition of the governing body and representation, voting practices of the governing body, the general assembly and committees, and the annual membership fee of H-GAC and four other councils of government (COGs) in Texas.

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution, January 2021


This memo is the first of a monthly series that provides an overview of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Harris County. This memo includes data for vaccine doses distributed by all providers in Harris County with doses administered presented by recipient age, gender, race and ethnicity, and zip code, from the start of local distribution on December 14, 2020 through January 31, 2021.

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