Fifty State Measures of Progress Report Now Available
To provide insight into how the Fifty States Intiative has improved coordination on geospatial matters, and thereby impacted the growth of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), this report analyzes quantitatively and qualitatively how the Fifty State grants benefited state government geospatial activities. Four analyses applied in this report are: 1) analyses of the nine criteria for successful geospatial coordination from the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) Survey, 2) analyses of five questions from the NSGIC Survey selected by the analysis team based on those question being indicators of the level of success in coordination, 3) survey responses from federal employees concerning the effectiveness of Fifty States Initiative grants in improving state geospatial coordination, and 4) a qualitative assessment of changes in the effectiveness of state coordination efforts based on five case studies of states that have received grants. The Federal Employee Survey and qualitative assessment provided strong evidence that grants have been effective and useful for states.
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