Mapping gives you the opportunity to visually represent your community and understand its current conditions. This can be helpful in qualitative research to determine assets and issues that can lead to research questions.

Community Mapping

Objectives

  • To define what community means
  • To understand the interdependency of the people and places within a community
  • To begin to map the resources and needs in the community
  • To identify the diverse perspectives that group members bring to the community

Brainstorming Issues and Root Causes Through Mapping

Objectives

  • To identify problems and potential issues in students’ communities
  • To identify the larger power structures that feed into these problems

Issue Mapping Through Observations

Objectives

  • To create an Issue Map from observations
  • To analyze an Issue Map from observations
  • To name root causes of issues

Asset Mapping Through Observations

Objectives

  • To create an Asset Map from observations
  • To analyze an Asset Map from observations
  • To name root causes of assets