We used geospatial analysis tools to develop community maps depicting fourth-grade reading proficiency test scores and locations of facilities offering public access to reading materials (i.e., public libraries, elementary schools, and Little Free Libraries). The maps visually highlighted areas with struggling readers and areas without adequate public access to reading materials, providing information useful for executing a strategic response to literacy issues. Community development Extension professionals can use geospatial analysis to educate, inform, and create targeted actions related to a range of social issues. Applying geospatial analysis can make data more engaging, understandable, and impactful and can assist communities in seeing the bigger picture of an issue.
Rebori, M. K., & Burge, P. (2017). Using Geospatial Analysis to Align Little Free Library Locations with Community Literacy Needs. Journal of Extension, 55(3), Article 7. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol55/iss3/7