Online Data and Mapping Platform• Contains over 15,000 geographic indicators• Sources are both public and proprietary as welluser uploads• Continually updated by a team of data analysts atTRF• Made available through the online toolwww.policymap.com; through a Data API andthrough “widgets”2
Data4Data is:• Public - Census, ACS, FBI, IRS, HMDA, BLS, CDC,USDA, HUD…• Proprietary- home sale, school performance andtransit data• Secure – data loaded by users (generallyorganizational or local data)• Available for the nation at smallest geographypossible, preferably block group or census tract oraddress.
PolicyMap• We built PolicyMap first as a tool to help TRF andits own clients better understand their ownmarkets.• We opened it up to the public and created a self-sustaining business model for the online tool thatallows users to access part of what is available forfree and additional data/tools with a subscription.5
Who Uses PolicyMap?• Financial institutions (CDFIs and Banks)• Federal agencies such as the Federal Reserve, HUD andthe EDA• State Housing Finance Agencies• Local governments – particularly housing agencies• Community development organizations (and thefoundations that support them)• Real estate industry• Universities/students• Consultants6
Why do they use PolicyMap?• Visualize where they have made investments orloans or grants; understand what those marketslook like and how they are changing.• Strategically think about where they need to makeinvestments in the future based on marketconditions, need or government programrequirements.• Obtain data for reporting or grant applicationrequirements.• General neighborhood research.7
Why Relevant for Today’s Discussion?• PolicyMap could be an additional data resource forshowing other potential partners/resources in ageographic area: Government designations like CRA or NMTC eligibilitycould mean partnerships with financial institutions; Government designations like CDBG eligible tracts orhigh NSP3 scores could mean available localgovernment dollars for housing; Health resources such as retail based health clinics; Neighborhood anchors such as schools, libraries, non-profit organizations.8