To enter PolicyMap, click here or go to: http://shu.policymap.com/maps. You will see the University logo in the upper right corner. It is important to confirm you are on SHU's edition of PolicyMap.
PolicyMap has its own website with a Public Edition with limited functionality. You cannot login to PolicyMap from this page as a SHU user. How do you know what data PolicyMap contains? It is important to know about policymap.com because this is where lists of data sources and indicators resides.
DATA INDICATORS are availble at https://www.policymap.com/data/our-data/ or by clicking here.
DATA SOURCES are available at https://www.policymap.com/data/our-data-directory/ or by clicking here.
These options are listed at the top of the page. Give some though to what you want to create or what you want your students to create.
Maps - Chloropleth (thematic, shaded) maps based on data for a geographical region for a single variable.
Tables- Simple charts and data for one variable.
Reports - Create and save Community Profiles for a region (zip code, census tract, school district).
3-Layer Maps - Allow you to plot 3 variables and the part of your region that meets these criteria will be shaded. (This will not look like the shaded maps that you create in Maps with a single variable).
Tutorials on many of these concepts are listed below:
PolicyMap is pre-populated with more than 37,000 continuously updated data sets including demographics, home sales, mortgages, health statistics, socioeconomics, jobs and employment. 3-Layer Maps is a neighborhood search tool allowing you to find places that match one or up to three (3) criteria of data on a map. The 3-Layer Maps tools can be used to download a list of addresses which fall within one or multiple criteria (using Download Points) or a list of places that met the criteria set (using Download Places).
Quick Start Video (basic maps page): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wIp1Xim1n4
PolicyMap in Action: Maps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oriaJ4Y4s08
PolicyMap in Action: 3-Layer Maps (Workforce Development Example): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7rFZqZU4Dc
PolicyMap in Action: Reports: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62y21o-VS-8
Using the PolicyMap Data Loader: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtUMaRwO3ck(Subscribers can also self-upload unlimited amounts of their own address-based data into PolicyMap using this tool.)
Weekly public PolicyMap overview webinars are also scheduled every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Click here for more information.
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