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PolicyMap

PolicyMap

PolicyMap is a cloud-based data and mapping platform that enables students and faculty to access data about communities and markets across the U.S.

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Resources

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). 

For tutorials and webinars, click here.  For more information about PolicyMap at SHU, contact your liaison librarian.

Demo:  http://www.policymap.com/demo.html

Quick Start Video (basic maps page):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wIp1Xim1n4

Three Layer Map Tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CdoDurqOys

Table Tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB6Y4GAspVA

Healthy Food Access:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Du-sI4FxDQA&list=PLIkKKhS9kU9bRBNRUQN0kwrEaHwqdqLKg&index=3

Community Health:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db15d0amYzE&index=8&list=PLIkKKhS9kU9bRBNRUQN0kwrEaHwqdqLKg

Early Childhood Education:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGkXiD2i8Kg&list=PLIkKKhS9kU9bRBNRUQN0kwrEaHwqdqLKg&index=10

 

Getting Started

Enter PolicyMap 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 version 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 available at https://www.policymap.com/data/our-data/.

DATA SOURCES are available at https://www.policymap.com/data/our-data-directory/ .

You may also review PolicyMap TUTORIALS for each feature.

 

What are your options?

 

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: