Using an Equity Atlas to Spur Policy Change

Equity atlases can inform policy, planning, and investment decisions by providing objective and visually compelling data on an area’s demographics and geography of opportunity. This page offers some specific examples of ways that equity atlases can be used to inform decision-making and spur policy change.
Click here for examples of how these strategies have been used with the Regional Equity Atlas 2.0.
  • Identify areas of highest need: By making it possible to easily compare conditions in different communities across a geographic area, equity atlases offer a valuable tool for identifying the areas of highest need for particular investments and resources. This information can help inform resource allocation and policy prioritization decisions.
  • Inform health and equity impact assessments: Equity atlases can be used to analyze the potential effects of proposed policies and investments on population health, well-being, and access to opportunity. This information can shape decision-making to promote positive outcomes and reduce disparities.
  • Identify vulnerable populations: Demographic data and maps can be used to analyze the populations in specific geographic areas to identify vulnerable populations and develop programs and services to meet the community’s needs.
  • Analyze potential sites for investment: Equity atlases can be used by public agencies and nonprofits to analyze specific geographic locations to identify the best sites for new housing, public amenities, services, and commercial development.
  • Track performance measures: Equity atlas data can be used to establish baseline measures and track progress over time to determine whether a policy or plan has met determined goals or benchmarks.