Create an Opportunity Scan Based on Predefined Boundaries
When you scan for opportunities in a large geographic area, you can scan based on predefined boundaries such as cities or counties.
This scan is often used to answer a question based on a regional agency boundary.
For example, you can scan within boundaries to find areas with high Hispanic populations and direct Spanish-speaking resources to those congregations. Church planting is also often done at a regional agency level to find higher population and higher growth areas.
- In the User Assistant, under What Would You Like to Do?, click Create Opportunity Scan.
- Select Predefined Boundaries (e.g. Zip Codes, Cities, Counties, etc).
- Select the Agency Boundaries, Standard Layers, and Landmarks you want to scan, then add each one to your scan. Each value displays under Ares To Report On.
- Click Next.
- Select the variables you want to scan for, then click Next. For example, you could select Overview, Racial/Ethnic Trends, and Hispanic or Latino.
- In the Scan By drop-down list, select to scan by Census Blockgroups, Census Tracts, Zipcodes, Counties, States, Elementary School SABS, Middle School SABS, or High School SABS.
- Select the Year to view.
- To change your scan's color palette, click Choose a color palette and select the colors you want.
- Click Next.
- Under Review and Summary, review your Study and Geography Options. To make changes, click Previous. Otherwise, click Finish.