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Benefits > Studies

A key part of MetroGIS is monitoring benefits associated with its efforts and satisfaction of the participants. The results of previous studies are listed below.

1999 MetroGIS Benefits Study Top of Page
Conducted by: Dr. William Craig, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota

Dr. Craig’s study was comprised of two major components. The first involved a series of interviews with recipients of shared data. The interview questions sought feedback about satisfaction with data that are being shared, obstacles obtaining or using these data, how recipients are using the data, and what they have been able to accomplish as a result of having access to this data.

The second component of the study involved a survey mailed to 150+ persons who have or are participating on a MetroGIS workgroup, team, the Coordinating Committee and/or the Policy Board.

This survey contained questions designed to measure both the importance of the functions that have been endorsed by the MetroGIS Policy Board and whether MetroGIS should invest its resources in each of these functions. The study results, as of this writing, indicate there is significant support to continue MetroGIS’ coordination and facilitation activities. Specific findings are described in the attached slides.

Related Documents: 1999 Survey Results
1999 Survey Information

1998 MetroGIS Participant Satisfaction Survey Top of Page
Conducted by: Policy Advisory Team

This survey was indended to address and to improve the organization and process that we call MetroGIS.

Related Documents: 1998 Survey Background
1998 Survey Results - Numerical
1998 Comments from Survey

GIS in Dakota County: Benefits Add Up Top of Page
Conducted by: Donald D. Johnson and Dr. William Craig, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota

Dakota County has one of the most developed GIS systems in Minnesota. It was created in cooperation with 11 cities and the electric utility and is proving useful to all partners. This study documents the benefits identified as of 1996, focusing on county departments. The study has been widely cited and versions of it have appeared in GeoInfo Systems, Minnesota Cities, and FGDC funding requests.

Related Documents: Study findings

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