The powers of data visualization and mapping for government are clear; they can transform mundane spreadsheets into lively graphics from which cities can draw valuable insights. We’ve written here on Data-Smart about how cities, counties, and states have used the visualization of prescription drug and opiate overdose data to manage resource allocation and fight the opiate epidemic. And we’ve showcased how mapping can highlight the nature of the stark rich-poor divides in America’s largest cities.
To further highlight the impactful work being done in the area of data visualization and mapping, we are pleased to announce a new recognition program, Map of the Month, an initiative of the Innovations in Government Program at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
We are seeking data visualizations and maps that illustrate, enhance understanding of, or solve a complex problem faced by the public sector. All units of government within the United States (federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial) and nonprofits may submit maps for consideration. Software vendors are not eligible but may submit in partnership with a government agency or nonprofit.
Applicants will be judged on the degree to which they address the stated goals and priority will be given to maps or visualizations that display quantitative information relevant to government agencies, combine data from multiple sources, have delivered impact, and/or cut across government silos.
Each month, the evaluation team will select a map from the pool of applicants and the Map of the Month winner will receive recognition by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center with features on Ash Center web pages, a Certificate of Achievement, and a Map of the Month seal for use on promotional materials. The Ash Center will also give additional recognition for the best map of the year.
To submit a map for consideration, please complete the form here: