The PLACE Mapping Tool


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Author(s): MEASURE Evaluation

Year: 2019

The PLACE Mapping Tool Abstract:

The Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts (PLACE) method mapping tool allows users to produce the planning and coverage maps they need, even with limited knowledge of a geographic information systems (GIS). 

Because the tool works as a plug-in with QGIS (a popular free and open-source GIS program), a researcher can use it to import data and display them in a basic fashion on a computer screen and in a printout. The tool also allows a GIS technician to work with the data later, if need be.

The tool can handle two types of geographic data:

  1. Planning data (such as census or population data or HIV prevalence data, usually shown as a percentage or priority score, by district)
  2. Prevention/outreach targeting data (discrete locations, such as venues where key populations gather, or information about condom distribution)

Output is generated automatically both as a PDF, which includes title and legend information that the user can customize, and a QGIS file, which can be used for further customization, future display, or further spatial analysis.

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