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

Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Low-Income and Minority Households


Prior to outbreak of the novel coronavirus low-income and minority communities experienced disproportionate health outcomes such as reduced access to health insurance, reduced access to financial support, increased prevalence of illnesses like diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure—and the current outbreak is compounding existing disadvantages and the social statuses are not distinct. This memo outlines strategies policymakers can adopt to mitigate these impacts.

Cost Estimate of Harris County Services for an Individual Experiencing Homelessness


Costs for services provided to individuals experiencing homelessness vary widely depending upon the root cause of homelessness and the service response needed. Root causes such as job loss, natural disaster, mental illness, or substance or alcohol addiction often require individuals to draw upon multiple County services. This report estimates the total annual average costs per person incurred to Harris County for services provided to individuals experiencing homelessness.

Zero Based Budgeting Analysis


This report provides an overview of Zero Based Budgeting (ZBB) - a method of budgeting that compels budgeting entities to create budgets starting from zero and provide justifications for each expenditure for consideration by decision-makers. This report highlights four case studies that demonstrate how local governments have applied variations of ZBB and includes three policy options for Harris County Commissioners Court to consider.

We're Hiring

The Analyst's Office is seeking proposals from qualified vendor(s) to provide various data, policy and financial advisory services for one (1) year beginning approximately January 1, 2021. For more details and to apply, click here

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Houston, TX 77002