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The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS)

The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) was established in 2010 to help business, civic and government leaders maximize the economic return on the state’s investments in early care and learning. GEEARS commissioned Neighborhood Nexus to develop a suite of tools, including a statewide map and dashboard that show how certain socioeconomic factors can influence early educational outcomes. This page houses those tools we built for the GEEARS’ team to help early education decision-makers better understand the statewide landscape.

Interactive Mapping

The Interactive Map below displays several indicators which help early education decision-makers better understand the statewide landscape. Indicators are grouped by category pertaining to children, communities, families or services.

Simply click on the + sign next to “Instructions to use maps” to get a basic overview on using the map.

  • Map: To change the variable being mapped, click on the α (alpha symbol) next to the “Color Legend” and select a category from the left side of the table and a variable from the right side of the table. By hovering over the map, you can open pop-up windows with details about the variable being mapped. In the map you can use the zoom tools, select the pan tool (hand symbol) to move around, or use the square selection tool (arrow over square) to draw a box and zoom into that area.

  • Scatterplot: If there is not a scatter plot in the window, select the tools menu at the top of the window and click on scatterplot. To change the variables on the X (horizontal) and Y (vertical) axes, simply click on the axis title and select different variables for each axis. If the regression line is not showing, you can click the gear icon in the scatterplot window, select the advanced tab, and check the box to enable trendline. The regression line shows “neatness” of fit- the relationship between the two variables. Any point that is a significant distance from the line is an “outlier,” meaning that the expected relationship (the line) does not hold.
  • Data Table: At the very bottom of the map window, there is a small white box. If you click it, it will expand and reveal a data table. Click on the α (alpha symbol) next to “Advanced Table” in the upper-left corner, you can use the selector to add the data variables you want to the export. Once you are finished, you can click on the main file menu at the top and export the table as a .CSV file. The data displayed in the map is linked to both the data table and the scatterplot, meaning that if you select a feature on the map, data in the data table, or dots on the scatterplot, that same feature will be highlighted in all the windows.
  • Subsets: If you want to narrow down the number of features being mapped, you can click on “Subsets” on the main menu and click one of the existing subsets. Or, you can select your own features (from the map, table, or scatterplot), and select “Create subsets from selected records.” You’ll notice that both the legend and the scatter plot changed to reflect only the area that was selected.
  • Visit our Using Weave page for a step-by-step guide and instructional videos.

Asset Mapping

This is where your can find community assests in every Georgia county. This interactive map includes almost 10,000 locations of early education facilities or those related to the practice of early education and uses the same county-level data as the interactive map.

Since this map includes almost 10,000 geocoded locations across the state, it may take up to a minute (depending on your internet connection) to load.

  • Map: To change the variable being mapped, click on the legend title and select a category from the left side of the table and a variable from the right side of the table. By hovering over the map, you can open pop-up windows with details about the variable being mapped. In the map you can use the zoom tools, select the pan tool (hand symbol) to move around, or use the square selection tool (arrow over square) to draw a box and zoom into that area.
  • Scatterplot: If there is not a scatter plot in the window, select the tools menu at the top of the window and click on scatterplot. To change the variables on the X (horizontal) and Y (vertical) axes, simply click on the axis title and select different variables for each axis. If the regression line is not showing, you can click the gear icon in the scatterplot window, select the advanced tab, and check the box to enable trendline. The regression line shows “neatness” of fit- the relationship between the two variables. Any point that is a significant distance from the line is an “outlier,” meaning that the expected relationship (the line) does not hold.
  • Data Table: At the very bottom of the map window, there is a tiny box. If you click it, it will expand and reveal a data table. If you then click on the alpha symbol in the upper-left corner, you can use the selector to add whatever data you want to the table. Once you are finished, you can click on the main file menu at the top and export the table as a .CSV file. The data displayed in the map is linked to both the data table and the scatterplot, meaning that if you select a feature on the map, data in the data table, or dots on the scatterplot, that same feature will be highlighted in all the windows.
  • Subsets: If you want to narrow down the number of features being mapped, you can click on “Subsets” on the main menu and click one of the existing subsets. Or, you can select your own features (from the map, table, or scatterplot), and select “Create subsets from selected records.” You’ll notice that both the legend and the scatter plot changed to reflect only the area that was selected.
  • Visit our Using Weave page for a step-by-step guide and instructional videos.

Asset Map Legend:

Data Dashboard

This tool allows the user a quick look at key early education indicators and how each county compares to the state or regional area. The dashboard is organized by Regional Commission, so if you don’t know which Regional Commission you live in, check it out here.

How To Videos

Watch these amazing videos to learn how to use the Interactive Mapping and Asset Mapping tools.