A visual guide to different resources available to immigrants and refugees in the Boston metropolitan area.

This map is a joint Boston Medical Center and Cambridge Health Alliance Project. Special thanks to the volunteer efforts of Robert Marlin, Sarah Kimball, Lucinda Lai, Travis Forney, and Muna Sheikh. Created by David Scales.

Upcoming Interactive Map- Increasing the Efficiency of Migration Services

Project Overview

Geographic information systems (GIS) comprises of sophisticated technologies that assist us in our daily lives. Google maps, GPS, and other spatial analytics can help ensure that we take the most optimal route possible, saving us time and money. RW!’s Director, Charla M. Burnett specializes in GIS, community mediation, and public policy. To streamline migration and integration programs in the Greater Boston area, Charla has devised a plan that uses GIS to measure the distance between migration and social service organizations in an effort to increase the efficiency of services.

Purpose and Strategy

The purpose of this project is increase the efficiency of different types migration organizations by measuring the space between them and facilitating annual meetings with staff in each cohort.

Once the services have been properly mapped, each type of organization (registration, health, mental health, community building, English language, education, food assistance, and housing) are placed into a cohort based on the distance between them. Each member organization cohort will be contacted and surveyed to better understand the services they offer, what are their organizational needs, and how these organizations can better streamline their programs so that migrants receive quality and efficient assistance.

After the needs of the organizations have provided a list of needs, RW! will create and facilitate programs that will standardize programmatic structures by bringing representatives from the organizations together. With skilled facilitators in nonprofit management, RW! provides invaluable skills to organization. The results of this program include:

  • streamlining programs to limit  the time migrants take searching for services and thus decreasing money spent.
  • decreasing fatigue among organizations by limiting time spent on searching for other services to assist their clients.
  • ensuring that organizations knows what each other are doing, what processes they use, how to better manage resources among them, and knowledge sharing.
  • provides the groundwork for an interactive services map on the RW! webpage.

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