Project Description

Every year Save the Children Italia publish an ‘Atlas of the Childhood at Risk’ in Italy in which is analyzed the condition of the minors in our country, with a particular focus on different thematic choices that change from year to year.

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Project realized for Save the Children Italy

Save the Children is a non-governmental organization born in 1919.

It is one of the largest independent international organizations and operates in 125 countries with a network of 28 national organizations and an international structure (Save the Children International).

Customer needs: develop an analysis methodology focused on the condition of minors in
our country

Every year Save the Children Italia dedicates an ‘Atlas of the Childhood at Risk’ to the condition of minors in our country. The data used in the Atlas is collected from authoritative sources and with a particular focus on different thematic choices that change from year to year.
The Atlas contains a large variety of data and indicators that Save the Children wants to present in a communicative way especially through maps, infographics and
The 2019 edition represents the Tenth edition and proposes a balance on the condition of minors in Italy, from 2008 to 2018. Ten years have passed since the first edition and this year the Atlas wanted to try to create a collection of the most valuable elements: the new time, youth mobilization on various issues, time lost, what has been missed in policies to improve the living conditions of children in our country, and the time found, the initiatives, the works of the associations and research.
This way, this year, the Atlas had the purpose of analyzing which were the changes and responses to the changing scenario in our country, where the children were the most penalized, representing the condition of childhood through the analysis of territories and geographical differences.

Solution: support for data processing

gisAction has elaborated data and indicators in GIS environment for the realization of maps and graphs that clearly describe the territorial differences.
Using specific GIS tools various comparative analysis were carried out on the data that return a new and complete view of the phenomena that you
want to investigate.
They are also 10 years of work on the maps that represent the heart of the Atlas and help to better understand data and trends. As described in the “Notes of method “in the preface of the Atlas, the work on maps is important and guided by a rigorous method for:
Skimming, carefully selecting the sources, managing the overabundance of data; Translate, make the data accessible and understandable;
Georeferencing, to highlight the differences within the territories and not to look only the averages;
Disaggregate, for a scale reading of the phenomena;
Stratify, for correlating indicators, and finally Participating, to stimulate debate and actions for more levels.
Infographics are another product created from data: communicativeness of these representations, the simplicity of distribution and the design simplify notably the processes of communicating information.


Maps, graphs and infographics allow you to communicate clearly to a large audience a given or a phenomenon. Reading a map is easier and immediate that understand data displayed in a table. This type of media graphics make the multiplicity of information to present pleasant and not trivial.
The GIS software with which the maps are made also allows you to cross the data set to obtain new useful information for analyzing a phenomenon.
Save the Children was one of the first NGOs that gisAction worked for and the long collaboration is renewed every year.

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