||Consider your goals: how will maps or geocoded data help you in
your nonprofit work? Maps can be powerful at communicating trends,
revealing geographic concentrations, highlighting areas of need based
on demographics, and more. Do you need maps to explain outcomes to
a funder, or help educate your board, or persuade a public official,
or supplement public testimony?
||You may not need a map: sometimes CMAP helps our
clients without making maps at all. Instead, we
use our computer mapping software to analyze your data
based on geography. For example, we can assign
geographic coordinates to a table of street addresses, and then determine the exact legislative
districts (or school districts, police precincts, etc.) in which those
sites are located. Or, we can determine how
close they are to transit stops, or other facilities, or population centers.
data guidelines to learn how to format your data so CMAP
can analyze it spatially.
||Geographic scope: local vs. citywide vs. regional vs.
statewide vs. nationwide and beyond, or a combination of these regions.
||Map content: if you want us to portray specific site
locations on the map, here are some issues to consider:
- Will different types of sites require different symbols?
- Will these symbols need to be different sizes or colors based on each
sites unique characteristics?
- Will each symbol need to be labeled on the map (with an ID number
that corresponds to a separate table listing detailed information
about each site, or with the actual site name)?
- If you need to show regions, districts, or boundaries shaded
with different colors, remember that its never easy to include
more than one type of district on the same map. Separate maps
are usually better, one for each type of district.
||Available data: most of our clients use
data that CMAP already includes in our mapping system. If you
need us to portray data that you will provide, remember to ask
us for our
||Color vs. Black & White: color maps
are easier for us to produce, but black & white may be
necessary if you will copy the maps on your own.
||Size: Remember that map scale and size
will impact what can be portrayed (eg., street detail cant
be shown legibly on an 8 ½ x 11 map of New York State).
- Small graphic images for reports; or
- 8 ½ x 11 for handouts or inserting into a report; or
- 11 x 17 or larger (up to 3 x 4) for display or meetings.
||Map descriptions: Let us know if you require
any special descriptive text, logos and/or color schemes for your
maps. We may not be able to accommodate every request, but we will
discuss any particular mapping needs you have before finalizing
||Extra copies: we can print a small number
of copies of your map(s), up to 20 or so copies, but for
larger runs youll need to arrange separately with a printer
or copy shop.