"It is tremendously important in today's world to have quick and easy access to mapped data," explains Moira O'Donovan, a Research Project Manager at IFF. "We at IFF believe that resources – whether for education, health care, or other human services – should be targeted to where they are most needed. PolicyMap is the dynamic tool that allows us to assess these needs across our communities, thus supporting our internal business planning and our funders and government officials in making better decisions about policy and resource allocation."
"By allowing us at the IFF to visualize areas where our projects have the most impact, PolicyMap helps us better illustrate to our funders and to the public the extent of our work in distressed areas. Our most practical application of PolicyMap is as a time saving tool, as it allows us to avoid manually pulling data records at every request. Instead, through PolicyMap, we now have quick and easy access to specific data sets on one integrated platform. Even our interns are able to quickly pull together the information. With its variety of data sets, PolicyMap offers a very efficient, user-friendly tool for mapping and data analysis."
Moira O'Donovan, Research Project Manager at IFF
The Illinois Finance Fund utilizes PolicyMap in a wide variety of ways. By allowing them to visualize areas where their projects have the most impact, IFF can better illustrate to their funders and to the public the extent of their work in distressed areas. The dynamic features of PolicyMap not only allow IFF to pull their neighborhood-specific data quickly and efficiently, but also to create our own maps and better compile information about loans and development. With the vast selection of layering tools available for mapping, IFF has been able to access a considerably wider array of statistics for up-to-date analyses and surveys.
IFF is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) operating in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin which has provided more than $270 million in total financing. From childcare centers, primary health clinics, and supportive housing to charter schools and community arts programs, IFF loans and real estate consulting have developed more than 10 million square feet of new or renovated space and saved nonprofits millions of dollars in loan fees, interest and the cost of professional real estate advice.
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