Map the System: Resources for Student Applicants

We are here to provide students with the tools and resources necessary to succeed in Map the System Challenge. 

Start by checking out the Map the System website for more information about guidelines, FAQs and resource page.

Where to Start?

Don't know where to start? Here are few tips:

Look at the websites of NGOs, UN agencies, governmental agencies, regulators, think tanks & philanthropic foundations that are already working on this issue in the chosen region- understand what they do, how they do it, what successes and failures they have experienced, and why any of their approaches may or may not work.

If you are able to, conversations with those on the ground (frontline NGOs or survivors of the issue) makes your research richer. Full primary research on your issue will not likely be possible during this timeframe, but these conversations will help direct your research if you are able to have them. Don't forget to also check newspapers and magazine articles. 

Don't forget to check out the following informational links and databases:

Do you need help with your idea? Let us try to connect you to resources by filling out this contact form!

Visual Map or Chart

For the Visual Map or Chart, you can create an infographic, chart or diagram. Check out these resources Impact Gap Canvas, Causes Diagram, Mind Mapping, Issue Mapping, and example infographic.

Research Analysis

For the Research Analysis Component, you can write a paper, create a PowerPoint deck, or design a Prezi.

Research Assistance: Library Subject Specialists, Research Databases

Writing Assistance: USD Writing Center

Technical Assistance: IT Help Desk

Prezi: Get started, educational discount/free trial and tutorial


For the bibliography, you should cite diverse sources and cite thoroughly.

Research Assistance: Library Subject Specialists, Research Databases

Citation Assistance: Harvard Citation Model