Finding Place in Making Connections Communities

Applying GIS to Residents’ Perceptions of Their Neighborhoods

Posted January 6, 2010
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation; The Urban Institute
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For policymakers, funders and front-line professionals, this report describes how to involve residents in place-based strategies that address the needs of disadvantaged children and families. Despite growing recognition that place matters, defining neighborhoods as they are experienced by residents is challenging; this report shows how to engage residents in defining common spaces by using Geographic Information System (GIS) tools and data from 10 Making Connections sites.

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Key Takeaway

Neighborhood Identity Leads to Engagement

When residents of disadvantaged communities have a say in defining and naming their neighborhoods – with the help of Geographic Information System (GIS) tools and household data – they tend to become more engaged in solving neighborhood problems.