Smart governments use GIS for making decisions and formulating policy. GIS manages a variety of data types and creates map interfaces that make situations easier to understand. It gives policy makers and political candidates insightful intelligences so that they can make evidence-based decisions.
U.S. government leaders and candidates use GIS to shed light on the nation’s most pressing challenges and communicate those challenges to the public. Throughout the democratic process, intuitive web applications are making it easier for candidates, elected officials and their staff to engage constituents. The GIS Senate Working Group is using platform technology to build a bridge that connects members of the legislature to important information and helps them share ideas with one another.
Analysis tools help members of the executive and legislative branches identify and closely examine location-based problems. Whether a smart map is about poverty, crime, or education, it can reveal hot-spots of activity, compare regional variations, and pinpoint clusters. Policymakers also use GIS for highly complex analysis. For instance, they can better understand their own districts or states by mapping where money is being appropriated, measuring how policies are impacting constituents, and assessing how constituents are responding to policy. From calculating appropriations to understanding a myriad of policy concerns, policymakers are using GIS to inform their decision-making and measure the progress of their policies.
Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon)
Members of Congress are using maps to share information and insights with the public.
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