Blog

Check back frequently for news about new features that you can find on SparkMap, tips on data, first peeks at new datasets, inspiration for workflow and tool highlights, and of course – more stories of how SparkMap can be used in your organization.  

Environmental Data and Park Access

Jun 10, 2021

Research, and personal experience for many, has shown the positive relationship between time outdoors and our physical and mental health. Learn how to use the Map Room to access environmental data and make the case for parks in your community.

Understanding Access to Mental Health Resources

Jun 1, 2021

In order to maintain positive, long-term mental health outcomes in communities around the nation, organizations and governments need access to up-to-date, reliable, and accurate data to effectively allocate resources, programs, and training opportunities for those who need it most. Read this blog to learn how to use SparkMap tools and resources to build a case for funding.

The American Rescue Plan Act

Apr 29, 2021

With a relatively sudden influx of federal dollars for communities to allocate, it will be crucial for decision makers to use relevant and reliable data to make informed decisions. SparkMap’s data and analysis platform is a crucial resource for helping local governments identify the needs of their communities.

ZIP Code Data Now Available in the SparkMap Assessment

Apr 27, 2021

For the first time ever, SparkMap is offering ZIP code breakouts for nearly 100 of our indicators. Get data for every ZIP code in your assessment area – view alongside our dynamic data visualizations or download for offline use.

Explore the intersection of poverty and education: SparkMap’s Vulnerable Populations Footprint Tool

Apr 8, 2021

Identify Vulnerable Populations with the SparkMap VPF Tool and help change health outcomes in the communities you care about.

COVID-19 Spread and Long-Term Consequences

Mar 18, 2021

COVID-19 has severely affected the economy, health, and mental well-being of every community around the United States. SparkMap provides real-time data sharing, analysis, and visualization—key strategies for an equitable and speedy recovery. This blog shows how our map and assessment tools are used to understand COVID-19 cases and its consequences.

To Avoid Gender Bias, We Need Sex-Segregated Data

Feb 25, 2021

Are you focused on expanding, understanding, or analyzing women’s opportunities in the economic sector, do you want to support the implementation of gender-focus policies in the US or at the local level? Learn about how you can access sex-aggregated data on this week’s blog in honor of Women’s History Month.

BRFSS Demystified

Feb 24, 2021

If you’ve existed in the health space for any period of time, you’ve probably heard of BRFSS data, but what is it, really?

Learn more about the importance of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Announcing the SparkMap Blog!

Feb 23, 2021

Welcome knowledge-seekers, problem solvers, and changemakers!