MapCraft Labs is a modern multi-user web app which allows you to view and edit scenarios and quickly compute outcomes. Processes that were traditionally focused on creating a few representative Excel spreadsheets may now be run city-wide and aggregated to view disparate spatial impacts. Scenarios can be tested in real time, results can be shared with stakeholders, and feedback can be gathered, all in the same tool.
Spreadsheet meet map
MapCraft Labs is hybrid spreadsheet and map. Copy and paste data to and from Excel. Use "paint" tools to modify each shape's attributes on the map. Calculations occur on the fly and visual outputs adjust accordingly.
Collaborative multi-user Environment
MapCraft Labs is a collaborative multi-user environment. Edits are synchronized instantly and can be shared between users. Editing, administrator, and viewer permissions can be assigned to individual users, or the lab can be put in "public" mode for anonymous sharing. Change logs trace modifications to individual users.
Policy scenarios can be compared side-by-side either as maps or as charts. Quickly toggle between different scenarios to evaluate results and make informed decisions.
Users can offer comments in the tool. Comments can be made on a particular shape, an output, or an entire scenario. Responses appear instantly on the Lab like a real-time chat. Lab administrators can review, download, and respond to comments. Use feedback to make public process more transparent and democratic.
Test Drive MapCraft Labs
Create Your Lab
Define the analytics
You can produce the analytics or work with our strategic partners at ECONorthwest to create robust analyses specific to your use case. Labs typically start as Excel files containing computations specific to your needs.
Convert to a Lab
Send us your spreadsheet. With only a little configuration, we apply your analytics to a set of shapes in the Labs environment.
Take the show on the road
When the Lab is up and running, you are ready to utilize a collaborative, map-based environment to test scenarios and instantly visualize results. Share it with your internal team, decision makers, and the public. Or, use the robust spatial computations to develop insights that are all your own.
Labs are being used to consider numerous policies
Gentrification and displacement
Evaluate the factors that influence gentrification and displacement to understand spatial implications for affordability and equity.
Calibrate policies like inclusionary housing and density bonus programs that rely on market forces to deliver affordable housing.
Consider region-wide and corridor-wide TOD potential of transit investment alternatives. Equitable TOD analyses integrate gentrification, displacement, and housing assessments in one tool.
Regional transportation Planning
Model potential land use impacts of regional transportation investments and visualize scenarios for policymakers.
Evaluate schools based on multi-criteria evaluation metrics and adjust criteria weights on the fly to better understand how individual school performance compares across a district, region, or state.
Urban growth potential
Simulate development potential parcel by parcel to understand growth capacity within jurisdictions or within regoinal urban growth boundaries.
Evaluate the fiscal impacts of future growth, especially the spatial distribution of generation and expenditures.
Compare the spatial distribution of costs and benefits of potential land use policies, economic development initiatives, and other public investments.
District Funding and Financing
Assess the public funding and bonding capacity of real estate-based tools like tax increment financing, local assessment districts, and development exactions.
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