PolicyMapcompressedNew in June 2016! Policymap is a data and mapping tool and analytics platform that leverages thousands of US national data indicators for demographic and socioeconomic analysis. Its data can be presented as embeddable maps, tables, charts, and more.

Start by entering a location, such as Wood County. Cities, zip codes, school districts, Congressional districts, census tracts, and metro areas are all possible starting locations in PolicyMap.

Next, choose the data layers that you are interested in mapping. These can be demographic (race, age, sex, household size, voter turnout, religion), economic (income, poverty, taxation, affordability, bankruptcy), housing (home sales, home values, rental units, vacancy), quality of life (crime, transit, internet access, climate, supermarket access), employment (jobs and industries, workforce by earnings and education, unemployment), education (educational attainment, student loan debt), and/or health (cancer rates, mortality rates, health insurance, obesity, alcohol use). Data points can be layered and mapped or output to tables which can be embedded in webpages.

The “print” feature in PolicyMap gives users the option to export a map or table they create as a pdf or png file which can be used in presentations and papers.

The “email” feature in PolicyMap will create a url that will take the user back to that map, with all its embedded data points, in the live version of PolicyMap. Emailed urls will require users to have access to BGSU’s PolicyMap subscription. Add the EZProxy prepend (http://ezproxy.bgsu.edu:8080/login?url=) to the beginning of an emailed PolicyMap url to make it available from off campus.

In development is the ability to download data into Excel, including all data points. PolicyMap expects this feature to be available this fall.

View a PolicyMap Tutorial to learn more.