When was the last time you were asked for your opinion on a development project that would impact your everyday life? Billions of euros are being used to renovate our urban spaces, public buildings and transport facilities. But public consultation and stakeholder involvement is often reduced to a formality. It is clear however that in order for a project to be successful, the needs and concerns of the people who use the new infrastructure on a daily basis must be taken into account alongside professional considerations. The modernization of a station is not the goal in itself, but rather to increase the number of people travelling by train. Smart benches don't make a public square a community place, only locals, if they grow to like it.
Participatory mapping is a process by which the invaluable knowledge of stakeholders is incorporated into community developments designed for their benefit. PARTIMAP's map-based survey application makes engaging with local stakeholders quicker, simpler and more efficient. It is free to use after registration, has customizable design features, and can also be freely developed as it is an open source platform. Whether you represent a public body, a municipality or a local advocacy group, if you're looking for a smart and transparent way to get to know the views of your community, try PARTIMAP and join its development!
What makes a participatory mapping process successful? How to prepare the questionnaire, what to look out for during dissemination and how to get the most out of the data collected? K-Monitor has summarised the most important methodological know-hows, as surveys comprise only one element of participatory processes. The PARTIMAP participatory toolkit will continue to expand in the future, together with the number of users of the application!
The development is supported by the European Commission (DG Regio) in the framework of the Participatory Mapping in Cohesion Policy in Hungary (PartiMap) project. Further development of the tool was supported by The Prague Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.