Decide on Your Project’s Scale and Scope


Key decisions regarding the scale and scope of your equity atlas will shape your overall approach to the project. The issues below are covered in more detail in subsequent chapters, and your final decisions will be informed by later phases of the equity atlas development process. However, you will need to keep these questions in mind during the initial project planning.


Examples of Options

Geographic scope: What geographic area will the equity atlas encompass?

A city, county, region, or state (read more)

Geographic scale: At what level of geographic resolution will the data be mapped?

Points, block groups, census tracts, neighborhoods, zip codes, cities, counties (read more)

Topical scope: What issues will the equity atlas focus on?

A single topic, a small number of topics, a wide range of topics (read more)

Indicator scope: How many indicators will the equity atlas include?

A single index, a small number of indicators, a comprehensive menu of indicators (read more)

Degree of interactivity: To what extent will users be able to interact with the maps and data?

PDF maps, web-based maps with some interactivity, an online mapping tool that enables users to create their own customized maps (read more)

Scope of interpretive content: What types of analysis and interpretation will the project include?

A summary of overall findings, short text accompanying each map, an in-depth analysis of all of the maps and data, an analysis of the policy implications raised by the maps and data (read more)