MCTC Course Catalog
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Mapping Community Issues - Easier and Cheaper

Mapping Community Issues:  Easier and Cheaper 
Course Length 
Mapping Community Issues is a two-day (16 hour) course
Who should attend 
Substance abuse, prevention, and treatment professionals, law enforcement and community coalition volunteers who want to develop maps and visual products using free and inexpensive tools that help in organizational decision making and visually depicting community issues.

Computer. A computer will be provided at the course, but a computer is necessary for each student to complete the homework and attend the additional webinar mandatory with the course.
Gmail account. Students attending this course will require an email account connected to a “@gmail” address. 
Course Description 
This two day course will teach individuals working in their communities how to use free and low cost tools to help with organizational decision making and informing the community about local issues.  There are many tools available on the internet, many of which are easy to use.  This course will direct you to these tools and give step by step instructions to developing quality maps and visual products. By the end of the day the student will have completed an infographic and be capable of developing products for their organization. 

The course will also provide an overview of GIS, giving the student a basic understanding of what Geographic Information Systems are, the common software related to GIS, and how to use resources available to community groups.  Students will learn how to use different types of data to visually answer questions regarding problems in their community.  In addition to learning how to answer questions regarding problems in their community, students will learn about Hot-Spot Policing and Drug Market Intervention, which are proven to be effective in reducing all types of crime, not just drug related crime.    

Topics Covered

  • Geographic Information Systems 
  • Understanding and developing a simple database
  • Google Fusion
  • American FactFinder
  • Free Data Resources
  • Building quality products that tell a story 
  • Hot-Spot Policing
  • Drug Market Intervention

There are no scheduled classes available at this time.

MCTC provides on-site and mobile training of the highest quality at no cost to the student to all those involved in the fight against drug trafficking and substance abuse.

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Midwest Counterdrug Training Center
7105 NW 70th Bldg 3585  Johnston, IA 50131
1-800-803-6532 (commercial), 431-4756 (DSN), 515-727-3613 (Fax)