The Socioeconomic Mapping and Resource Topography System, better known as SMART, was developed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  It is a free, browser-based mapping resource that enables local leaders, such as the personnel at youth-serving agencies, to identify trends and pertinent issues in their local communities.  Agencies such as the Buffalo Boys & Girls Club (explained in this post ) have had success in using the SMART System to gain additional funding for their programming.

Some of its limitations are that few data resources are referenced in making the map and available data is not quite up to speed at some layers.  However, maps such as this are extremely valuable as they are currently being used by agencies to plan for resource allocation, but more importantly, to write more compelling applications to their funding sources.  This mapping program is built to be easy to use, however OJJDP provides help instructions here.

Another example of SMART in action: the 2010 RJI mapping team (Matthew Johnson, working with Amanda Sullivan and Emily Tobin) used SMART in the creation of a poster for presentation at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s 2010 Posters on the Hill Event on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  The purpose of this conference was to urge members of Congress to continue funding undergraduate research project such as the “Enhancing Agency Effectiveness and Sustainability in Serving Rural Youth” Project at Alfred University’s Rural Justice Institute.

The maps seen on the poster were developed using OJJDP’s SMART System. Descriptions of the maps are below the images on the poster.

Back to the Custom Browser-Based Mapping page.


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