PolicyMap is a data mapping tool for reseachers that allows you to create customized data-enhanced maps--no knowledge of GIS is necessary.
It provides neighborhood-level data on an array of topics and disciplines including political science, sociology, public health, economics, law, policy, environmental studies, and business.
To search for a location, enter an address or geography type into the Location Bar. Geography types other than specific address include zip code, city, county, state, census tract, congressional districts, and metro areas.
Add data to your map by selecting a category from the categories listed above the map (e.g. Demographics; Incomes & Spending), or by using the Search Data tool to enter keywords.
It is possible to visually isolate data to a specific location, overlay boundaries, toggle data displayed for a data layer, and alter base map settings to include or exclude roads, town names, etc.
Once you have created a map, added the datasets you'd like to dislpay, and made customizations, you can save a copy of your map. To do so, use the Print icon, located near the top right corner of the page.
You do not need to create an individual PolicyMap account to use most features of PolicyMap. However, if you would like to save any maps in the system so that you can go back and edit them, or if you would like to upload your own data, you will need to create a PolicyMap account.
To do so, click on "Create Account" in the top navigation of the site, near the Dickinson logo.
Once you have an account, you can save items under "My Saved Work."
The Reports feature allows you to create a detailed report for a location. Available reports include:
Access Reports by clicking on the Reports icon in the top right corner of the page.
The PolicyMap Data Directory provides a list of the type of data available, broken into the main navigational categories shown at the top of the PolicyMap site (e.g. Demographics; Incomes & Spending). For each category, a table indicates the data years available, as wel as the location-level that can be provided (e.g. national, state, county, census tract).
For each type of data, there is a link to details about the sources of the data provided by PolicyMap. In the example above, you can click on "Total Population" to see a detailed explanation of the source of the Total Population data: Census: Decennial Census and American Community Survey (ACS).
It is possible to load your own data into PolicyMap to enhance your maps. You can, for example, load address-level data from a spreadsheet file.