Spatial Temporal Evidence for Planning in South Africa (stepSA) is a collaborative initiative that has played a key role in building capability and an evidence base to support high impact and transformative infrastructure investment decisions in South African towns, cities and regions.
The stepSA website (http://stepsa.org/) serves as a platform to disseminate information and knowledge gained through applied research in the following ways:
- spatial-temporal socio-economic indicators, trends and profiles to support socio-economic cross-border and comparative analyses of functional regions, cities and towns.
- value added high resolution spatial data published as static maps or in interactive viewers; and
- various other outputs and tools to identify and explore the spatial implications of growth trends for planning and investment decision making.
A key component of the stepSA website is the Interactive Regional Profiler which is used to disseminate the value added high resolution data. The purpose of the Regional Profiler is to support the contextual understanding of areas within their broader functional regions, as well as the spatial quantification of dualities by combining different spatial indicators for specific localities. The Interactive Regional Profiler can be used to:
- Develop demand profiles to inform investment and policy decisions,
- Inform and enhance provincial, regional and district SDFs and various infrastructure investment and sector plans,
- Develop baseline profiles of areas to support integrated socio-ecological research , and
- Track spatial transformation and change in priority regions.
The tool can be accessed at http://stepsa.org/map_space.html. There are links on the stepSA website that navigate to interactive maps, regional scale information as well as more information on the development of the spatial indicators and indicative data sets.
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