Applying GIS for Social Services: A Case Study of Monterey County's Children Needs

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has been widely used to assess the quality and
necessity of social services by various government agencies and community organizations. Most of the
existing approaches start with mapping the current demographic characteristics and the distribution of
related social services, then identify service gaps and spatial mismatches between the demand and supply.
In this article, we introduce a more comprehensive approach to examine and forecast the needs of a
particular social service. Our analysis employs cartographic modeling in GIS, which is based on a variety
of social, economic and demographic variables. We will illustrate our modeling process with a case study
of assessing Monterey County’s childcare service priorities.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalProceedings of International Symposium on Geoinformatics and Socioinformatics
StatePublished - Jun 1999


  • GIS
  • Social Services


  • Geography
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies and Planning

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