The potential benefits of our enterprise GIS for Catholic NGOs, religious orders, ministries, and leadership are easily in the magnitude of billions - billions of dollars saved and billions of lives impacted for good by providing the tools and resources for Catholic organizations to make smarter decisions about resources, track their programs, understand data quality standards, and reduces collection redundancy by exchanging their data amongst each-other.

  • Better decision making, monitoring and review
  • Create new ministry and program opportunities
  • Retain existing participants
  • Efficiency improvements that save money and time resources.
  • Effectiveness improvements – better targeting of investments, minimizing risks
  • Improved cooperation between different orders, organizations, and groupings in the Catholic Community
  • More open data can help with job creation
  • Increasing transparency and deepening/expanding community engagement in Catholic church
  • Human capacity building
  • Equipping a Catholic communities and schools with a cutting edge platform for exploring technology, maps, faith and geography
  • Data quality improvement cycle (accuracy, currency, more harmonised)
  • Making life and planning easier
  • Expanding what is possible

Case Studies (click to expand and read)

  • A GIS Saves Stanford University Medical Center Millions in just Two Years

    GIS knowledge helps hospitals anticipate and mitigate potential interruptions to continuity of care and avoid the astronomical costs associated with hiring and retraining replacements.


    That Standford University Medical Center saved an estimated $22.5 Million Dollars in just two years of using a GIS to help them improve nursing workforce management and planning. 26% of healthcare facilities globally are Catholic, if they could coordinate their GIS efforts the potential savings are astronomical.



    “By drawing the analogy to epidemiology and emergency planning,” “I was able to convince hospital leadership that GIS would be ideal for workforce planning because it introduces a geographic approach and provides visual, map-based results. In actual practice, we discovered that, while a GIS has the ability to access, manipulate, and analyze internal and external data on any type of workforce, it has an almost uncanny hand-and-glove fit with health care, especially relative to hospitals.”


    -David Schutt, principal planning analyst, HR Programs, Stanford University Medical Center


    Stanford University Medical Center Estimates a


    $22.5 Million Potential Cost Savings Over Two Years


    Return on Investment - 10 GIS Case Studies,,

  • Benefiting an Entire Continent

    The INSPIRE (infrastructure for spatial information in Europe) "aims to create a European Union spatial data infrastructure for the purposes of EU environmental policies and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment. This European Spatial Data Infrastructure will enable the sharing of environmental spatial information among public sector organizations, facilitate public access to spatial information across Europe and assist in policy-making across boundaries." (source). EUROGI is one of the Spatial Data Interest Communities SDICs of INSPIRE. It was established in 1994 and  is working to integrate geographic information into the European knowledge-based society. These organizations work in conjunction to promote the widespread and effective use of Geographic Information and Geotechnologies in Europe. EUROGI's membership alone includes national GI Associations, Geographic Information companies, other types of organizations . There are are 23 primary members, and thousands of ‘member’s members’. Its activities includes liaison/influencing EU Commission DGs, participation in GI related commission funded projects, information sharing, and networking.

    EUROGI ROI over a 10 year period


    Cost = € 92 million – € 138 million


    Benefits = € 770 million – € 1,150 million


    RoI Workshop at INSPIRE, Conference Aalborg, 16 June 2014

    INSPIRE Infrastructure for Spatial Data Information in Europe,

  • Benefiting an Entire Ecosystem

    "The United States Forest Service (USFS) has been using GIS in various forms throughout its nine regions in the continental United States and Alaska. Public lands in USFS’ national forests are vast, encompassing 193 million acres. GIS helps USFS meet long-term natural resource management goals for these lands."


    "The region’s GIS is a distributed enterprise system, with each national forest having its own GIS geodatabase. Because all these geodatabases have been built using the same standard, forests can easily share data with the regional server, which is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This makes it simple for forest managers to quickly access ecological data across the region and develop both local and regional views of forest and grasslands."


    "GIS users can monitor land use and natural resources, analyze heritage and cultural sites, assess watersheds, and support other USFS activities and missions."

    "A geodatabase enables users to maintain integrity of spatial

    data with a consistent, accurate database. It provides a multiuser access and editing environment. This capability is highly valuable, since each forest agency is responsible for its database management and editing. Quality assurance tools from Esri Production Mapping were implemented for the project. Participants work with their own forestry data in class and are therefore able to start working on their projects immediately."

    Today, more than 450 USFS staff members use the enterprise GIS to be more effective stewards.


    The Catholic GIS Center's Enterprise GIS will provides access to 10,000 Users.


    Return on Investment - 10 GIS Case Studies,,

  • Taking Polio Off the Map with GIS

  • King County ROI

    "For 2010, for example, they [King Country. OR. USA] determined that the cost of GIS was $14.6 million and the net benefit was approximately $180 million. The study by Richard Zerbe and Associates used a “with versus without” approach. While costs for all years were available, estimating benefits for the 18-year period was challenging. How opportunity cost was calculated had a substantial effect on the resultant ROI value. In addition, benefits are measured in outputs that are quantitatively and qualitatively better with GIS, leading to increased demand for these outputs. Assigning a dollar value to these more useful outputs is difficult. These factors were expressed in the three estimates in net benefits between 1992 and 2010: a conservative estimate of net benefit of approximately $776 million, a less conservative benefit level of $1.76 billion, and the least conservative estimate of almost $5 billion (See the report [PDF] for a description of the methodology used.)"





    Text and Image courtesy of Return on Investment: Ten GIS Case Studies

The case studies that we have looked at above illustrate how an enterprise GIS can benefit organizations, the planet, and people while delivering high financial returns on investment.


Now try to imagine the impact of our enterprise GIS and Catholic Community Spatial Data Infrastructure when connected with the largest non-governmental network of landholdings, education, healthcare and organized religion in the world.


We have the partnerships, interest, and technical support in-line to make this a reality -- the last piece of putting this into action is the financial support of $4.4 million for the next phases of SDI implementation.

Standing up a enterprise GIS for the global Catholic Community of health care, education, aid, and conservation is potentially the most realistic, feasible, already tried-and-tested, and socially scalable tool needed to efficiently and effectively address the impacts human-driven climate-change will likely have on hundreds of millions of people.


It's worth it.

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