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January | February 2010

printer friendly version button   Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  ·  Jeff Slowikowski, Acting Administrator
OJJDP's SMART Tool Enhanced

OJJDP has updated its Socioeconomic Mapping and Resource Topography (SMART) system to expand the scope of information available, make the system more user-friendly, and target the system's resources even more accurately to user needs.

SMART is a free, Web-accessible application that assists federal, state, and local decisionmakers in identifying emerging local issues and implementing both rapid response and long-term plans. The system includes archival data mapped at the national, state, county, census tract, and place and/or street levels. Data sources include the U.S. Census Bureau; federal agencies such as the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Housing and Urban Development; the National Center for Education Statistics; and the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports. More than 12,800 users have registered to use the SMART system.

Following are some examples of recent additions to the system:

    left quote SMART is easy to use. It has an enormous amount of useful data. The federal government should be praised for making such an application and so much data available to the public for free. right quote

    —Staff attorney

    Legal Aid Society

  • Data from the Uniform Crime Reports, the nation's most comprehensive data set on crime, has been updated to include the years 1994–2007.
  • Information on all OJJDP's active awards, including awards from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, have been posted to the SMART site.
  • SMART now features an online help feature to assist users throughout many sections of the system.
  • New analysis tools have been added to the system's scatter charts, including the possibility of plotting a third variable (only two variables could be plotted previously) and a new option to include a "fit line" in the graph that points to trends and correlations between data.
  • SMART Webpage screenshot          

  • The system incorporates a new display tool called "resource clustering," which uses a simple icon to indicate where there are concentrations of community services and programs (e.g., YMCAs, schools, and libraries). This new tool allows many resources to be displayed without cluttering the map. The icon's size—small, intermediate, or large—corresponds to the number of resources in a given area. In addition to accessing this summary information, the user also can "zoom in" to get a detailed breakdown of available resources.
  • When customizing a geographic area by selecting multiple areas of interest, users are no longer required to search on a map. Now, census tracts, counties, or states can be added to the custom area simply by typing in their names in a text box. If users are not sure of the exact spelling of a geographical area, they can type in a few letters, and a dropdown box will automatically start to populate with similarly spelled locations at the specified geographic level.
  • The Table page in the Mapping and Analysis section now enables users to choose the number of rows of data—10, 20, 50, 100, or 200 rows—to be shown per page. This development speeds up the process of uploading information and allows users to better tailor information to their specific needs.


For more information about SMART, please see OJJDP's In Focus fact sheet, Get SMART—Mapping Resources for Crime and Delinquency Prevention.