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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Human Services: People, Space, and Location
National Organization of Human Services (Monograph) (2014)
  • Avon M Hart-Johnson, PhD
Human services practitioners are charged with understanding the health and welfare of their clients.
Their work, whether under routine operations or catastrophic conditions, is undertaken with the
expectation that high-quality services will be rendered. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a
technology-based solution that may be implemented to help human services organizations to
achieve this quality standard. GIS is designed to collect, process, analyze, store, and provide
visualization of data that is spatially referenced. Collectively, information stored in GIS may help
human services practitioners to better plan, organize, strategize, and, ultimately, make effective and
timely operational decisions. This manuscript discusses the practical applications of GIS in human
services and its use in decision support. It addresses the challenges of implementing the technology
and offers potential users suggestions as to how GIS can be used in research.
  • GIS and Human Services: People,
  • Space,
  • geography,
  • human services
Publication Date
Winter 2014
Citation Information
Hart-Johnson, A. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Human Services: People, Space, and Location. National Organization for Human Services. Winter, 2014-2015