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Regional Decision Maker Booklet


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This booklet describes the Purdue Center for Regional Development's Regional Decision Maker (RDM) tool.

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Regional Decision Maker Booklet

  1. 1. Regional Decision Maker Dynamic Regional Mapping in the Cloud
  2. 2. Roadmap 01 Table of contents Phase 1: Introduction to RDM 02 Phase 2: RDM training 03 Phase 3: Building your platform 04 Phase 4: Platform training 05 Phase 5: Regional platform and support06
  3. 3. 3 Imagine this… You’re bogged down in a flood of data with no way to interpret it meaningfully. You need a way to analyze a region efficiently. While the majority of regional decision-makers possess a wealth of valuable information and statistics, some lack the tools and resources required to transform their information into a useable format. Creating a meaningful report from a collection of numbers is a challenging task that often involves repetitive calculations, expensive consultants and specialized software. Even after an analysis, there is often no way to visualize results easily. Decision-makers need a way to see and share results quickly. They also need the ability to interact with data to uncover patterns and identify emerging insights. Introduction section 01 There has to be a better way to make sense of all this data!
  4. 4. 4 Custom regional mapping services from PCRD What if you could analyze and summarize your “key” data easily through the Web on a simple desktop? What if you could quickly perform a complex economic or demographic analysis for your region? A customized regional platform created by the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) allows you to do just that. We combine all of your data with some of our own and create a personalized mapping website, complete with sophisticated analysis tools, specialized training and our continued technical support. Most importantly, our cloud-based design does not require advanced computing power, so a simple desktop is all you need. Introduction section 01 Your custom and interactive Web- based mapping platform takes regional decision- making to the next level: agile, low cost and engaging.
  5. 5. 5 Who can benefit from a customized regional mapping service? Introduction section 01 Users Benefits Regional Planners Geographically visualize growth trends, areas of dysfunction and opportunities for development using advanced data analyses. Economic Developers Assess economic strengths & weaknesses, view industry trends and generate economic reports. University Engagement Staff Use dynamic regional mapping to power the university’s engagement activities. Workforce Developers Use workforce analysis tools to identify workforce assets and support a more tightly integrated workforce system. A customized platform from PCRD is a powerful asset for a wide variety of users. From regional planners to University engagement staff, anyone wishing to analyze a region using state-of-the-art technology benefits greatly from this interactive and personalized framework.
  6. 6. 6 Phases of customized platform creation Roadmap section 01 This booklet walks you through the five phases leading to your customized Web- based regional mapping platform.
  7. 7. What is RDM? How does RDM apply to you? Important concepts Example scenarios introduction to RDM
  8. 8. 8 What is Regional Decision Maker (RDM)? RDM is a powerful suite of mapping websites and tools that enables users to make informed decisions quickly and efficiently. Developed by PCRD in partnership with Emsi data, RDM facilitates and enables regional decision-making in a number of ways. Most importantly, it allows decision-makers to interact with data through customizable, user-friendly tools and geographic visualization. This high level of interactivity enables decision-makers to generate powerful insights more quickly. For the first time in regional decision-making, RDM delivers large, Web-enabled datasets directly to the user. Decision-makers can now take sophisticated data analysis into their own hands. RDM converts Big Data into Smart Data, which can be used to develop smart ideas. Phase 1: Introduction to RDM RDM delivers powerful geospatial mapping and analysis to your desktop. PCRD can customize this platform for your region. section 02
  9. 9. 9 How does RDM apply to you? Phase 1: Introduction to RDM section 02 We will create a regional version of RDM’s national framework for your organization. Your customized regional mapping service will contain any RDM maps, data and tools that you request, all customized for your region. This personalized framework will contain all of the power and ease-of- use necessary to perform fast, cutting edge analyses, placing you at the forefront of regional decision- making.
  10. 10. 10 Important RDM concepts Cluster analysis quickly highlights the dynamics of your regional economy. Industry Clusters are groups of businesses that share similar and complimentary technologies, infrastructure, products, labor markets and services. Examples of Industry Clusters include: Machinery Manufacturing, Business & Finance and Transportation & Logistics. Phase 1: Introduction to RDM section 02 Occupation Clusters are groups of occupations that share similar knowledge and skill requirements. Examples of Occupation Clusters include: Skilled Production Workers, Engineering and Related Sciences and Information Technology. Location Quotient (LQ) is a measure of cluster concentration and competitiveness. A higher LQ value indicates a region with a more concentrated amount of Industry or Occupation Cluster jobs. Strategies start from identifying these strengths and competitiveness.
  11. 11. 11 RDM cluster analysis Scenario: You are part of a regional planning committee that wants to identify economic drivers within your area. You need to quickly generate an Industry Cluster report. Phase 1: Introduction to RDM section 02 Using Regional Decision Maker (RDM), you can create this report in less than a minute. You select the appropriate tool, draw your region onto the map and the tool generates an exportable report. This report contains data pertaining to each Industry Cluster in your region, including: the number of jobs, location quotient (LQ), number of establishments and average wage.
  12. 12. 12 RDM corridor analysis Phase 1: Introduction to RDM section 02 Your can analyze the economy around your corridor using a variety of RDM tools, which can be made for a corridor buffer as small as a few kilometers. You draw your roadway onto the map and the corridor analysis tool generates a report for the corresponding region. This unique method of analysis is extremely useful for coordinating planners, economic developers, large planning regions and corridor studies. With corridor analysis, you can quickly identify competitive strengths and industry clusters that can benefit from corridor investments. Scenario: A new arterial corridor is proposed and you would like to analyze industry clusters along the corridor region. You need a tool that operates along a major roadway.
  13. 13. 13 RDM chart comparison Phase 1: Introduction to RDM section 02 RDM contains chart tools for a variety of data categories. You select the subject you would like to compare (i.e. Industry Cluster employment) and draw your region of interest onto the map. The platform automatically generates charts showing county values. Comparing county data visually using charts is a quick and simple way to generate easily-understood visual aids for regional reports. Scenario: You have analyzed your region as a whole, but you would like to know how the region’s individual counties compare to one another in a specific cluster. You need a tool that can identify outliers quickly.
  14. 14. Why train? Training resources RDM training
  15. 15. 15 Why train before your regional platform is completed? Learning about Regional Decision Maker (RDM) gives you the knowledge necessary to design your own regional mapping service. During Phase 2 of platform creation, you will become familiar with our national mapping service before we create your personalized regional service. Because your regional platform will be based off of our national platform, it is important that you are familiar with all of the major components. With your general knowledge of RDM tools and concepts, you will be able to specify what tools and data we will incorporate into your personalized mapping service. You can think of training as giving you an opportunity to “try before you buy.” RDM training jump starts your regional platform. You will have all the skills you need to use your regional platform on Day 1. Phase 2: RDM training Training gives you the opportunity to “try before you buy.” section 03
  16. 16. 16 Available training resources In order to clarify any section of RDM you may be unfamiliar with, a large number of training materials are available. We provide training materials in various formats in order to meet your specific preferences and needs. Phase 2: RDM training section 03 Video tutorials We have created many video tutorials to demonstrate the use of individual RDM tools. These videos are short in length (3 min average) and are designed for users who learn visually. Written tutorials & exercises We have a large collection of written tutorials and training exercises for RDM tools. These short (2-3 page) tutorials and exercises contain detailed instructions and pictures for maximum ease of use. Webinars For those who like a more detailed and interactive training approach, we have a collection of recorded webinars containing tool demonstrations. You may also schedule a live webinar with us.
  17. 17. Building your platform How are you involved? building a platform
  18. 18. 18 Once you are familiar with the way our mapping services work, we will move into Phase 3 of the process and create a customized regional platform branded just for you. Your data, our data, your specific design requests and our custom tools will come together to form a cutting-edge service that meets your decision- making needs. Phase 3: Building a platform section 04 Building your regional platform
  19. 19. 19 How are you involved? We will work together in every step along the way as we create your regional mapping service. Throughout the creation process, you will have multiple opportunities to review and approve the design scheme, available data, tools, general layout and functionality of your platform. After each review, we will create a revised and updated version of your service for you to review again. By working with you throughout the design process, we ensure that we meet your specific needs. We work to create a mapping service that incorporates all of the components you need to make your decision-making process simpler, faster and more engaging. Phase 3: Building a platform Solid customization depends on deep collaboration. We will work with your organization throughout the entire planning and creation process. section 04
  20. 20. Learning to use your platform platform training
  21. 21. 21 Learning to use your new platform In order to train with your new service during Phase 4, we will work with you to create a customized suite of training materials. We will create your training materials in the formats you request (short videos, written guides or webinar demonstrations). These customized materials ensure that you are 100% comfortable using your new platform. Equally important, you will be able to make your platform available to other important constituencies that you serve: elected officials, engaged citizens and economic and workforce developers. We will continue to answer any questions you may have regarding platform use for the duration of your service. Phase 4: Platform training section 05 Customized service for the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) in Indiana.
  22. 22. Your finished platform Using your platform regional platform and support
  23. 23. 23 Your finished platform Phase 5: Regional platform and support section 06 Customized service for the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) in Indiana. You will now enter Phase 5 with a powerful suite of customized maps, tools and information at your fingertips. Upon platform completion, we will continue to update and maintain your service with current data and add additional data as you provide or request it. Equally important, we will share with you how other regions are using these powerful and interactive mapping platforms. Because we are continually investing in and developing RDM, we will provide you with the latest insights, tools and practices in interactive mapping.
  24. 24. 24 Using your customized platform You can leverage your mapping platform in a variety of ways to make your work faster, less costly and more productive. Visual interpretation: Geographically visualizing information rather than viewing numbers in a table will enhance regional understanding for you and your colleagues. Data exploration: Interacting with your data using customized tools and geographical visualization will increase your data comprehension and boost your decision-making strategies. Quick statistics: You will be able to quickly perform calculations that previously would have taken days using outside consultants. Cluster analysis: You will have the resources to analyze regional occupations and industries in a unique and powerful way. Region customization: Tools within your platform can be utilized on customized sub-sections of your region. This flexibility allows you to focus on different areas as your needs and interests change over time. Map printing: You will be able to print high-quality images of your region and data to share with associates. Report formation: The outputs of many platform tools can be exported and used in regional reports. These outputs are a quick way to review and share regional statistics. Visual aid creation: During meetings and presentations, your platform can be used as a powerful visual aid. You will be able to show your data in a sophisticated and organized manner. Phase 5: Regional platform and support section 06
  25. 25. For more information, please contact Indraneel Kumar at 765-494-7273 The Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) seeks to pioneer new ideas and strategies that contribute to regional collaboration, innovation and prosperity.