FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS COMMUNITY MAPPING?
The United Way of Alberta Capital Region and the City of Edmonton are funding community mapping as a method of enhancing partnerships and supporting collaborative planning processes. Community mapping is the process of depicting visually what is happening in a given community. There are five (5) phases in the community mapping process.
  • Joint Commitment: members agree on a common purpose; boundaries are defined and agreement is reached on what the group wishes to accomplish together
  • Creating Community Profile: information is gathered about the community; the information is mapped and; the maps are supplemented with narratives
  • Community Engagement: others are invited to review the community profile created; as agreed, the profile is revised and/or enhanced; community needs, strengths, gaps and resources are identified and; an action plan is created
  • Action: the action plan is implemented
  • Reflection: successes and challenges in working together are identified and documented; successes and challenges in achieving expected outcomes are identified and documented. And the cycle starts again with a discussion regarding ongoing joint committment to planning together
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE COMMUNITY MAPPING SUPPORT?
Human Service provider collaborations are eligible to receive support free of charge. Support can include facilitation of processes, creating maps of social information provided, planning and skill building.

HOW LONG DOES A COMMUNITY MAPPING PROCESS TAKE?
It depends on the size and complexity of the partnership and work undertaken. More effective planning processes have been achieved by groups in three (3) months to five (5) years and still counting.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMMUNITY MAPPING AND ASSET MAPPING?
Community mapping is more comprehensive. It includes mapping demographics, resources (including assets) and needs. Similar to asset mapping, it includes community engagement and community based actions.

In community mapping, all stakeholders have a role in the planning process.