There are many important aspects of equity that cannot be depicted through maps because the data are not available, the issue is not “mappable,” or the issue is not spatial or geographic in nature. Equity atlas projects can address these dimensions of equity through additional tools that complement the maps. Here are some examples from the Regional Equity Atlas 2.0 project:
- Information on indicators that could not be mapped: Key indicators that are critical to defining equitable access to a particular resource but are not mappable are listed with a brief summary in the Regional Equity Atlas 2.0 metadata.
Summary data: The Regional Equity Atlas 2.0 website includes summary data at the county level for indicators that could not be mapped at a more granular level.
- Storytelling: The Atlas team worked with partner organizations to engage community members who are personally affected by the disparities shown in the Regional Equity Atlas 2.0 maps to use photos, videos, and personal narratives to tell their equity stories.
- White papers: The Equity White Paper Series examines key equity issues in greater depth and incorporates additional information beyond the data that could be mapped.
- Links to other research: The Regional Equity Atlas 2.0 website includes links to external research reports, case studies, and other relevant projects that provide insights into the Regional Equity Atlas 2.0 findings as well as indicators that couldn’t be mapped.