One of the critical elements of every grant proposal is a strong needs statement. Every comment we make must be backed by reputable data that supports our conclusion. Data mapping systems have the potential to make our need section far easier to draft and to understand.
Here is a good article by Chris Erichsen that overviews the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to help grant writers develop their case for support.
To learn more about GIS mapping, you may want to follow Chris’s blog: http://erichsen-group.com/blog/
To start using GIS data to support your needs statement, check out Policy Map. PolicyMap is an geographic information system with mapping services that allow you to easily create custom maps, tables, and charts. Data rich, Policy Map provides over 4,000 indicators plus the ability to plot your own data.
Have you used maps to represent your community’s or your organization’s data? Where do you typically begin? Perhaps GIS can make your life easier.