Bogna Kietlińska

Geo-questionnaire – a tool to support the process of social participation

dr Bogna Kietlińska1, dr hab, inż. Robert Olszewski2, prof PW, mgr inż. Agnieszka Turek2

Institute of Applied Social Sciences, University of Warsaw1; Faculty of Geodesy and Cartography, Warsaw University of Technology2

The fundamental possibility of a geo-questionnaire is that the answers to the questions are shown not only in the context of a given space, but of a specific place as well. Geolocating the answers makes them far less abstract, thus better suited for the participatory approach to spatial planning and, consequently, the revitalization practices.

The survey, conducted on April 15, 2016 and June 20, 2016, dealt with the central area of Płock — particularly, the recently revitalized Tumska Street. The authors of the survey intended to examine the way the residents of the city perceived this street and the extent to which the changes introduced to the street matched their expectations. The research was of experimental and exploratory nature. It was meant to evolve into a universal methodological proposal that could be used on a larger scale in the future. Using the gamification techniques solved the problem of prompting the users to take part in the survey. The results of the research were prototyped using the Design Thinking methodology.

The aim of this presentation is to show the inferences drawn from the experiment and to demonstrate the possibilities and limitations of a geo-questionnaire in relation to participatory activities.

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