About Fiscal Mapping
Fiscal mapping is a research approach to systematically identify and analyze expenditures. Fiscal mapping studies for afterschool and expanded learning programs are often conducted at the state or local level.
A fiscal mapping study helps statewide afterschool networks:
- Identify gaps in current funding and how resources can be more effectively coordinated, maximized or secured.
- Develop better-coordinated systems of supports and services, including programs and revenue streams that align with key goals and indicators.
- Discover new funding sources that could be leveraged to support programs and services and fund new policy initiatives.
- Maximize funding opportunities through improved coordination, matching and blending of funds.
- About one-fourth of statewide afterschool networks have completed fiscal mapping studies and more are in the process of conducting them.
- The purpose and scope of fiscal mapping studies can vary greatly. Networks have been involved in facilitating fiscal mapping in their states to various degrees—ranging from initiating and overseeing the study to collecting data and disseminating results.
Strategies to Support Fiscal Mapping
- Determine the goals for your fiscal mapping study: How do you plan to use the fiscal mapping study results? Who are the target audiences? How will you communicate the study findings?
- Identify roles and responsibilities: Include a staff liaison to prepare for meetings and coordinate work, an advisory group to help answer questions about scope, scale and goals and a working group.
- Design the study approach: Determine what to include when and how to conduct the study.
- Gather necessary background resources and collect data.
- Analyze data and communicate results.