What is MapDash for Faith Communities
MapDash is an interactive, data-grounded, map-based tool for missional analysis and planning, developed by Datastory Consulting, in collaboration with The FaithX Project, and beta tested by diocesan and congregational leaders in five Episcopal Dioceses. It enables dioceses to assess congregational health, identify missional opportunities, and promote collaboration among congregations. It gives congregations the capacity to better understand and engage the neighborhoods they are called to serve. And it empowers faith leaders at all levels to make better and faster decisions with objective data that augments natural intuition and wisdom.
Standard MapDash Deployment
Annual subscription, generally through dioceses or other regional judicatories. We do this because experience has taught us that strategic missional assessment and planning is most effectively done at a systemic – rather than purely local – level.
Two Dashboard Types – Congregational and Executive. Each deployment generally includes 5 dashboards: 4 for use at the local congregational level and one for use at the diocesan/regional judicatory level:
- Congregational Dashboard. A suite of data maps that allow congregational leaders to define their neighborhoods in different ways, then select data maps that will help them understand their neighborhoods’ population characteristics, community issues, and community resources.
- Executive Dashboard. Includes all of the features of the Congregational Dashboard, plus additional important diagnostic features: a Congregational Health Assessment map layer and a Missional Opportunities Index map layer.
- Names/locations of all same-denomination congregations in the diocese.
- Names/locations of all same-denomination congregations in surrounding dioceses.
- Diocesan Boundaries.
- MissionWebs. Equidistant boundary lines between same-denomination congregations. A congregation’s MissionWeb is its area of greatest influence and attraction (75-80% of visitors will come from this area).
- 15-Minute Drive Time. Area within 15-minute drive of a congregation, with the ability to compare to those of other congregations (70% of members will come from this area).
- Missional Context Reports. 10 areas of congregational program/ministry considerations based on the lifestyle segment marketing data.
- Generational Predominance. Highest percentage generational cohort (e.g., Boomer, GenX, Millennial, etc.).
- Educational Predominance. Highest percentage educational attainment level.
- Age 0–18 (#). Number of people between the ages of 0 and 18 – “future generation” (children)
- Age 19–34 (#). Number of people between the ages of 19 and 34 – “future generation” (adults).
- Age 35–64 (#). Number of people between the ages of 35 and 64 – “current generation.”
- Age 65+ (#). Number of people between the ages of 65 and up – “wisdom generation.”
- Median Age. Compared to national median.
- Population Density. Current, 5-year projected, and 5-year historical.
- Population Growth. Current, 5-year projected, and 5-year historical.
- Diversity Index. Statistical likelihood that 2 people, selected at random, would be of different race, ethnicity, or language, compared to national average.
- Hispanic Population. Number and percentage of Spanish-speaking population.
- Racial Predominance. Highest percentage racial/ethnic/language group and comparison to others.
- Median Income. Current median pre-tax income and number of households by range, compared to national median.
- Median Disposable Income. Current median after-tax income and number of households by range, compared to national median.
- Median Home Value. Current median value of homes and number of households by range, compared to national median.
- Low Income Housing Tax Credit Properties. Name, location, date placed in services.
- Public Housing Buildings. Name, location, housing authority.
- Public Housing Developments. Name, location, housing authority.
- Exercise Regularity. Adults able to follow a regular exercise routine, compared to national average (highly correlated to health).
- Medical Insurance Coverage. Adults with medical insurance, compared to national average (highly correlated to health).
- Supermarket Access/Food Deserts. Supermarkets within a one-miles walk / People in poverty with low access (highly correlated to health).
- Child Care Spending. Per year per household by Zip Code.
- Education Spending. Per year per household by Zip Code.
- Crime Index. Frequency, compared to national average.
- Poverty Index. Frequency, compared to national average.
- Unemployment Rate. Compared to national average.
- Places of Worship (other). Name, location of worship centers of all other denominations and faith traditions.
- Daycare Centers. Name, location, type.
- Public Schools. Name, location, type, enrollment, website.
- Private Schools. Name, location, type, enrollment, website.
- Colleges and Universities. Name, location, type, enrollment, website.
- Colleges (other). Name, location, type, enrollment, website. (Jr. Colleges, Professional Schools, etc.).
- Hospitals. Name, location, type.
- Nursing Homes. Name, location, type.
- Public Health Departments. Name, location, type, website.
- Fire Stations. Name, location, type.
- Law Enforcement Stations. Name, location, type.
- Farmers Markets. Name, location, website.
What Else Do You Want To Know?
We are still in the process of determining which kinds of demographic overlays will be most useful. Let us know what would be most useful to you.