Community FactFinder Web Map Application

applications allow users to choose areas on a map and generate data reports on information present within those areas. The results of the query are available on-screen and in a well-designed PDF report. For example, a user can click a map and generate a half-mile circle that "cookie-cutters" into a number of layers of physical or demographic geographic information, returning counts, ratios, and other analysis within that area - with every query happening quickly in real time.

Use FactFinder applications to:
  • Qualify applicants to a program by determining metrics for given areas
  • Get basic on-demand profiles of neighborhoods, or custom-drawn areas
FactFinder applications are intended for basic uses - for more complex onscreen queries and reports, learn more about our Explorer applications »

Example of FactFinder for Parks Funding Application »
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The California Dept. of Parks and Recreation used GreenInfo Network's Community FactFinder application to ensure efficient and consistent grant applications for a fund of $300 million aimed at communities who had lower than average availability of parks.

Grant applicants had to begin their process by completing a FactFinder evaluation, which involved determining key metrics in a half-mile area around their proposed project site.  If their site was below certain thresholds of park acres per thousand population or a certain level of poverty, users could then generate a report with their ID, which was tracked by an administrative interface available to the State Parks Department.

Learn more about Calif. State Parks Dept.'s use of FactFinder »

When developing FactFinder applications, these options are available:

AREAS used to define user focus zones can include:
  • Predetermined or variable radius (quarter, half mile, etc.)
  • Legislative or other district boundary
  • Zip codes
  • Census tracts, block groups
  • A freehand area drawn by a user
In addition, FactFinder can be programmed to accept user uploaded GIS files to use as "cookie-cutters", but those functions are normally better accomplished in our Explorer applications

DATA that is selected by the user's geography boundary can include:
  • Point data (individual addresses, parks, schools, pollution emission points, etc.)
  • Census demographic data
  • Geographic layers (e.g., land uses, parks, streams/rivers, roads, etc.)
Explorer-level applications are better suited to any use of raster data.

REPORTS in FactFinder applications are generated as PDF documents and can be formatted as simple or complex designs (see illustration below). Report IDs track with user submissions so that administrators can review the specifics of what the user has defined.

ADMINISTRATION of FactFinder is possible through a special interface, if needed - administrators can accept, decline or otherwise take action on user areas that have been submitted.

GreenInfo Network creates, analyzes, visualizes and communicates information in the public interest. We specialize in mapping and related technology for nonprofits and public agencies, focusing on using it for conservation, social equity, public health, environment and foundation grant making.
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