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Participative process for mobility/transport strategy development
Participative process for mobility/transport strategy development

Application Area

  • Analysis, scenarios and measure selection

Tool Type

  • Method / Approach

Target Audience

  • Rural areas
  • Small cities
  • Medium-sized cities
  • Large cities
  • Metropolitan regions
  • Other

Summary

Stakeholder involvement is a key element of identifying, evaluating and prioritising future user needs, new transport concepts, implications and potential reactions from society. Quite frequently, such participatory approaches involve stakeholders through a somewhat vague dialogue process including surveys, interviews and role plays. Although such approaches may appear flexible and appealing at first sight, they often suffer from stakeholder fatigue, loss of information due to the loosely structured nature of the consultation process and lack of transparency. As a consequence, long-term strategic planning processes often fail because it is challenging to keep stakeholders committed for long periods.

The graphic visualisation of information (e.g. on posters) is a successful way to interactively facilitate group work. It is particularly powerful in strategic planning processes where new insights shall arise from the engagement and cooperation of many participants with diverse backgrounds. Drawing a big picture of a problem during a meeting can reveal relationships between different aspects and perspectives. It thereby helps to think in systems and to align the understanding of all group members. Furthermore, it creates a memorable product that everybody sees being created. This strengthens the participants’ relation with the outcome, helps them to tell the story about the plan and supports the implementation of follow-up actions.

 

Good Example

Recently, VDI/VDE-IT has used graphic visualisation tools for creating the technology roadmap "European Roadmap Smart Systems for Automated Driving, 2015" in a consultation processes involving multiple stakeholders from the European Technology Platform EPoSS. Currently the tool is being used to create an action plan user-centered and multimodal transport in 2030 within a multi-stakeholder process within the project Mobility4EU.

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