"I've found that PolicyMap is a very effective tool in transforming students from research consumers to research producers.
In the past, my introductory research class students became discouraged before they could produce results. I asked students
to use PolicyMap to tell me some distinctive qualities of their own neighborhood, they were on the site and producing maps
and analyses very quickly."
Mark Stern, Professor of Social Welfare and History Co-Director, Urban Studies program University of Pennsylvania
Examples of Use Cases:
Universities use PolicyMap in a variety of schools and curriculums, such as social sciences, urban planning, public policy and business administration. It allows them to focus on analyzing data – not collecting it or learning how to use expensive mapping software.
What can students and faculty do with PolicyMap?
- Generate maps and tables to incorporate in reports and presentations
- Search by address, city, state, zip code, county or census tract
- Create topical reports by predefined region, radius, or custom-drawn region
- Compare data across geographies or view trends over time
- Find communities meeting up to 3 criteria on a map
- Download select datasets as csv files
- Rank geographies across an indicator
- Create custom regions for unique analysis
- Upload your own point level data
- Incorporate work into papers and presentations
What kinds of indicators will they be able to access?
- Demographic estimates and projections
- Income and poverty measures
- Employment by industry
- Homeownership rates and affordability
- Home Sales
- School performance
- Quick community profiles
What types of analyses can they conduct? Quickly and online.
- Compare obesity rates among states
- Track mortgage lending patterns in a city
- Understand the racial and ethnic composition of a community
- Identify neighborhoods with certain income and household characteristics
- Draw a unique geography on a map and generate a comprehensive report of the areas' demographic and economic characteristics
- Upload other data and leverage it against the trusted data available through PolicyMap
How could they use their analysis in class?
- Make a case for a particular public policy intervention
- Argue for a particular site for a business
- Describe a market for a business plan or marketing strategy
View a complete list of PolicyMap data or check out our Primer (http://www.policymap.com/blog/2010/02/policymap-primer/).