How to Save and Access Assessment Locations

SparkMap users frequently create multiple Assessments for the same – or similar – geographic areas. Learn how to quickly save and access your Community Assessment Locations to help streamline your reporting.

★ Useful for all logged in users

This tutorial will show you how to select, save, and access Community Assessment Locations. You will learn how to: 

  1. Select an Assessment Location
  2. Save an Assessment Location
  3. Access and edit your saved Location from the Assessment
  4. Access and delete your saved Location from the Assessment

1. Select an Assessment Location

First, login to SparkMap and navigate to the Community Assessment. Under Location, first select your location type. With a Pro, Intro, or Free subscription, you can choose the desired area either at the County (Figure 1) or State level (Figure 2). With a Premium subscription, you can select smaller locations using the Pick From Map or Draw My Area tools. If you are interested in a particular County (Figure 1), you need to select the State and the list of counties will populate.

Figure 1: Select Location by County
Figure 2: Select Location by State

Note: With the free version, you can select a single county or state for your Assessment. With any subscription, you can select multiple counties. Learn more on our Pricing page.

Once your location is selected, you will see the “Save/Edit Location” button become available (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Save/Edit button

2. Save an Assessment Location

Once you’ve selected the county, counties, or custom area you’d like to save, click the “Save/Edit Location” button and then click “Save Location“. In the popup that appears, set a Location Name and Description and click “Save” (Figure 4).

Save Location popup

This will save your location within the Assessment and within your Dashboard.

3. Access and edit your saved Location from the Assessment

Once you have saved at least one Location, the next time you access the Assessment, you’ll see a “My Locations” button which, when clicked, will show you a list of your saved Locations (Figure 5).

Figure 5: My Locations button

To use a Location in an Assessment, select that Location from the My Locations list and move to the Data Indicators step of the Assessment.

To edit or delete a Location, select that Location from the list and click “Save/Edit Location” (Figure 6)

Figure 6: Save/Edit location with drop down

DELETE LOCATION: You can completely remove this location from your list by clicking “Delete location”. Note: any reports saved with this location will no longer have a location once deleted

EDIT LOCATION: This will bring up the “Edit Location” screen (Figure 7). Here you can add, remove, or change the geography of your location.

Figure 7: Edit Location screen

UPDATE LOCATION/SAVE AS: Once you’ve edited your location geography, click on the “Save/Edit” button to Update location (overwriting existing location), Save as (create a new location) or Cancel editing (keep original geography).

Figure 8: Update location, Save as, Cancel editing options

4. Access and edit your saved Assessment Location from your Dashboard

★ Only available to Pro and Premium subscribers

You can also access or delete Locations from your dashboard. Once on your dashboard, click on “My Data and Locations” (Figure 8)

Figure 8.

You will see your saved Locations available (Figure 9). To start an Assessment preloaded with your Location, click “New Assessment” next to your chosen location. To edit or remove your location, click “Edit Location”.

Figure 9: Access or Edit Location

Have questions? Email us at sparkmap@missouri.edu for additional assistance.