- Title: Using GIS Information for Legislative Research & Policy Analysis
- Date: Monday, January 10, 2011
- Time: 2:00 pm Eastern
- Cost: Free
- Open to: Legislative Staff and Legislators
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Using GIS Information for Legislative Research & Policy Analysis
Monday, January 10, 2011
2:00 pm Eastern / 1:00 pm Central / 12:00 pm Mountain
11:00 am Pacific / 10:00 am Alaska / 9:00 am Hawaii
Geographical information systems (GIS) allow researchers to access and analyze data across a broad spectrum of policy issues and present information in a graphical, easy to understand format. GIS offers tools to:
- organize and analyze data
- interpret results and spot trends
- visualize and communicate findings
- make better-informed policy decisions
GIS offers many innovative applications that are relevant and useful for legislative research and policy development. This webinar will provide an overview of practical uses for GIS in the legislature and include a demonstration of GIS tools.
- Welcome and Introduction
- Presentation – the basics of using GIS data
- Demonstration – sample application of GIS data to a legislative research project
- Program Summary
Moderator: Pepper Sturm, Chief Deputy Research Director, Legislative Counsel Bureau, Nevada; RACSS Chair
Speaker: Raysa Martinez Kruger, Senior Research Analyst, Office of Legislative Services, New Jersey
Raysa Martinez Kruger is a Senior Research Analyst at the New Jersey Office of Legislative Services (OLS). She has been at OLS since 2003, and her duties include drafting legislation, conducting research, and staffing legislative committees concerning the casino and horse racing industries in New Jersey. From April 2008 through September 2010, Raysa led a group of OLS staff members in exploring how Geographic Information Systems and maps could be used in the context of legislative policy research and analysis. Raysa holds an M.A. degree in Geography from Rutgers University, and is currently working on her Ph.D. in the same field, using GIS applications in environmental justice research.