Converge uses a landscape scan method to better understand a certain social justice infrastructure for the purpose of strengthening it. This “landscape” or “field” can be a geographical one or a particular area. We use this tool to identify the needs, opportunities and gaps as well as to guide strategies and decisions. Depending on the project, research methods include surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc.
Mapping the social justice infrastructure includes addressing this first research question: (1) Who are current and emerging key players in the landscape by state, (2) what do we know about the leadership, scope and reach of these key players, (2) what are the relationships between these players and the context of that relationship, (3) what existing literature and reports already map and/or analyze components of the social justice infrastructure, and (4) what is the context of doing work in this area.