Asset mapping seeks non-identifying aggregate data about existing resources, their geographic location, function, and, ultimately, their effectiveness over time. The data you seek to put on the map should demonstrate what resources are actually being deployed.
Identifying what is going to be counted and mapped can be challenging because states and localities gather data differently; even agencies at the same level of government collect different data. You and your team will need to figure out:
Understanding both the local and state levels and how they intersect will be another topic for your team’s analysis. There may be more specific resources to map at the local level because that is where programs operate and services are delivered. Yet, at the state-level, where coordinating initiatives and change-oriented task forces are likely to predominate, state government or important associations of local entities may have gathered data and engaged in similar tasks.
Having figured out some of the policy and “counting” issues around what data is available for your map and how the pieces might fit together, your team can return to examining the basic resources and programs that are the focus of this Action Guide, i.e., the in-school and community-based programs and interventions that constitute the foundation of a social and emotional development infrastructure.
Updated June 2015
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