PolicyMap is designed for the non-GIS user who needs to make data-rich maps for site selection, market studies, program evaluation, or even to bring interactive maps to their own website.
Welcome to PolicyMap’s completed walk through of all features and functions on PolicyMap. Each main section on PolicyMap will have its own category, so if you are looking to learn more about:
You will be able to read in detail the unique features in each section. Each section will have a summary of all available features and some will have additional sub-menus and entries for unique and custom features. We will add updates and new features to each section as PolicyMap continues to bring new functionality to the tool.
Users can download a summary of all features from this tutorial in the PolicyMap Primer (click here).
This tutorial, along with our video tutorials embedded within each section, is designed to help you navigate and utilize PolicyMap. If you have any questions, please contact us at (866) 923-MAPS (6277) or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help.
We’ve recently updated our county and city-level crime data on PolicyMap to include 2011 data. You can access the data in the Neighborhood Conditions menu.
When you go to the menu, you’ll see that county and city level data is split into two sections. That’s because the city level provides more fine-grained data, often down to the police agency. The data which we get from the FBI arrives at the police force level, and we aggregate it to cities and counties using US Department of Justice’s Law Enforcement Agency Identifier Crosswalk. In some cases, though, it’s impossible to do this to counties. New York City, for instance, is made up of five counties, but has only one primary policy department, the NYPD. Since the data isn’t broken out by county, just by police force, we can’t show crime data for any of the counties of New York City. However, if you look at the city-level data, then you can see New York.
Building on our knowledge base of what community development practitioners, academics and lending institutions need from PolicyMap, we’re attending the Resilience & Rebuilding for Low-Income Communities conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. We’re meeting up with many of our clients, and we’re making all kinds of new connections with practitioners interested in using our maps, tables, reports and our library site licenses.
Yesterday we heard about the impact of the financial crisis on low-income communities, and we learned about some small business lending data that we’re going to consider loading into PolicyMap. We also heard from our very own Ira Goldstein, who talked about the work that Policy and PolicyMap are doing around assessing the impact of HUD’s NSP program. Next up: a luncheon keynote from Chairman Ben Bernanke!
April is National Financial Literacy Month, and we’re celebrating by taking a closer look at the credit union data now available on PolicyMap. Credit unions provide many of the same services as banks, including checking accounts and loans. But unlike banks, credit unions are non-profit organizations owned by and accountable to their members.
Find the locations of credit union branches on PolicyMap by visiting Banking > Credit Union Branches in the Add Sites sidebar. This data is reported by credit unions to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), the regulatory agency for all credit unions in the United States.
Credit unions play a pivotal role in providing financial services to marginalized communities. Low-income credit unions are those that primarily serve low-income membership, and are able to offer less restrictive deposit and loan conditions than regular credit unions and banks. The map below shows the locations of low-income credit unions in the Louisville area and median household income.
Are you in Indianapolis for the ACRL conference this week? You can enter to win a free 1-year subscription, valued at $2000! Come by the PolicyMap booth (#122) to see some of the ways colleges and universities are using PolicyMap, like:
- Map financial inequality for Sociology
- Understand voter turnout statistics for PoliSci
- Identify predatory lending trends for Urban Planning and Real Estate
- View school performance data for Educational Leadership
- Identify diabetes and obesity rates for a health project
- Answer many other questions like these
PolicyMap is a fully hosted, cloud-based product so there is nothing to install, download or maintain on your end. Authorized visitors to your library will be able to access everything in PolicyMap by coming to your library's webpage.
Join the University of Pennsylvania, Tufts University, Rutgers University, Syracuse University and many others who already have site licenses in place.
Although ZIP codes may seem all too common and ubiquitous today, unless you can remember a time when mailing a letter cost you less than a nickel, you might not have known that ZIP codes were only first introduced in the 1960s with the introduction of new automated address reading machines. With rapid post-war growth across the country and the increasing volume of mail (which doubled between 1942 and 1962 from 33 billion to 66 billion pieces annually 1), and with the introduction of new “space age” technology to help sort the mail, the US Post Office Department launched a campaign to educate the public about its new Zonal Improvement Plan (ZIP) codes, and to encourage people to add the 5 digit number to the end of an address. And so, this guy was born…
Mr. ZIP was the first cartoon spokesperson to inform the country about how ZIP codes helped speed up the mail sending and delivery process with the slogan, “Mail Moves the Country, and ZIP Code Moves the Mail!”
We all know that sometimes, data at the block group level is just not precise enough for the job. Now, thanks to a special contract with the Individuals’ Records Clearance Center in the U.S. Census Bureau and in response to popular demand, PolicyMap is able to provide census data for every individual in the United States. Access the full, geocoded list of Census respondents and basic information including race/ethnicity, sex, age, and name.
Click on an icon to learn more about each individual.
We will be rolling out this data set to most major metropolitan areas over the coming weeks, starting with today’s release of Manhattan, New York data. To request record-level Census data for your area, contact our Special Census Liaison, her name is April Furst (email@example.com).
113th Congressional District and State Legislative Boundaries are here!
Districts were redrawn last year as a result of population shifts reported in the 2010 Census. It means that the voting districts for many of our public officials are different now than they were just a year ago. And, for some, the boundary change is significant. In January, the Census released the new shapefiles for these Districts and we’ve incorporated them into PolicyMap giving you the ability to see them on a map, create comparative tables of data and understand the new population being served in these districts through on-the-fly reports.
The new Congressional districts are also available in the MyDistrictData tool built with Citi Community Development using the PolicyMap platform. To learn more about MyDistrictData, check it out here.
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