Collecting, Organizing, and Communicating Planning Information

What You'll Learn

  • Make good choices in selecting a method for collecting information, analyzing it, and communicating it.
  • Appreciate how the selected information method is based on a clear understanding of who is the audience.
  • Reflect on practice experience, and consider exploring new methods or approaches to information.

More Course Details

Drawing on best practice experience in collecting, organizing, and communicating information for effective planning practice, five speakers address:

  • effective collection of field information
  • data analysis for practice and application
  • selecting and applying appropriate technology tools
  • presenting effectively to diverse audiences
  • applying computer-based graphic tools to enhance communication

Using new planning methods and techniques involves rational, substantive analysis, sophisticated technology, and an acute sense of the qualitative, subjective, political, and economic elements of the moment.

    Speakers will draw on their chapters in Planner's Use of Information, 3rd edition (Routledge 2018), a book first published in 1982 that has influenced the approach to methods of generations of planners. They address new methods/technology and underscore how their use must be tempered by an emotive, qualitative, and subjective understanding of process and human relationships that influence action.

    Gain an understanding of the appropriate methods for a given scenario, taking into account factors such as globalization, pervasive social media, exponentially increased speed and range of communication, and a consideration of alternative communicative processes to account for the social context, community, audience, and task at hand.