January 24, 2017
SDC reveals Community Data arising from Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
The Social Development Commission (SDC) has mapped assets in 676 of the identified 775 communities across Jamaica as at December 2016. This information along with community profiles, community priority plans, maps and listings, shape files and other data will be presented at the first staging of SDC’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day to be held in May Pen, Clarendon at the Old Police Station on Friday, January 27, 2017.
According to Deputy Executive Director of Community Research and National Development Priorities SDC, Ms. Juanita Reid, GIS Day will showcase the work being done by the SDC and the significant progress made in demographic, social, economic, spatial, governance and institutional information available to citizens’ and stakeholders. The Researcher noted that the Commission has been uniquely positioned to provide much needed data at the community level as it is the only agency that collects, analyses and houses the depth of information required to give a detailed picture of communities’ resources, challenges and needs.
The SDC built a geo-database through the collection of data on all assets and other elements unique to each community. This information was integrated into GIS allowing SDC to highlight the situation in disparate areas throughout the island and visually present these socio-economic situations and manifestations on a map allowing for comparison and analysis. This data also allowed for comparison across communities, and to facilitate trend analysis, programme and policy design as well as alternative/community development planning.
Over the past 15 years, the Social Development Commission (SDC) has continued its efforts of contributing to Jamaica’s knowledge of the social and economic situation of communities, manifestations of poverty, and the willingness and capacity to use disaggregated community data to inform policy and programme design. These efforts form the critical basis of 1) fostering sustainable development at the national and community levels, 2) improving responsiveness of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and targeting of policy/programme initiatives, and 3) building stronger local advocates for service quality improvements.
Prepared by the SDC PR Department