Using SparkMap for Community Assessments

Capture the assets and needs in your community to identify cross-cutting priorities. Access a variety of indicators from SparkMap to tackle broad assessment of all aspects of community, such as economy, environment, health, and housing. Community assessment is the foundation for needs-based priority and decision-making.

Community assessment is a process of collecting and reviewing data related to community well-being and health to identify areas of greatest need. Hospitals, public health departments, and health-related organizations are often required to complete an assessment on an annual or semi-annual basis. Being able to understand community demographics, health trends, and areas of opportunity allow not only for more informed policy making, but also allow prioritization of limited community resources.  

In addition to utilizing available data for resource prioritization, data found in a community assessment can also be used to show areas where increased levels of partnership or participation across sectors may be needed. Community assessments should display data that promotes exploration, analysis, and utilization.  

Challenge: Access to Local Data

SparkMap uses the latest data from over 100 trusted sources – all in one place. Our data is available for a variety of geographic settings including county level, census tract and block, and zipcode, allowing you to drill down to how YOU define community.

** Census-level data is available for download SparkMap with a subscription.

Challenge: Demonstrating a Shared Responsibility

Deploying over 80 free indicators, SparkMap displays cross-sector data and identifies areas where indicators may overlap and require additional resources. For example, SparkMap utilizes a social vulnerability index that demonstrates the degree to which a community exhibits certain social conditions, like high poverty, low percentage of vehicle access, or crowded households, that may affect that community’s ability to prevent human suffering and financial loss in the event of a disaster. 

** Click here for a complete list of additional indicators available at each subscription level.