WS 1.5: Mapping park use with Maptionnaire - a map-based online survey tool

Workshop provider(s)

S.M. Hughey*1, J. Schipperijn2, M. Kahila3, A. Broberg3, A.T. Kaczynski4, J.A. Hipp5, E.W. Stowe4, E. Oliphant5
1College of Charleston, USA, 2University of Southern Denmark, Denmark, 3Mapita Oy, Finland, 4University of South Carolina, USA, 5North Carolina State University, USA

Workshop description

Positive built environment changes have the potential to impact population-level active living behaviors and health. Geographic information systems (GIS) are central to empirically examining relationships between built environment factors and health and practically engaging residents about community issues. While an uptake of spatial tools have been used to analyze built environment data in research studies, fewer map-based surveys have been used to collect data from local residents. Maptionnaire is a spinoff company from the softGIS research team at Aalto University (Finland) and now a leading public participation GIS application development platform on the market. This platform allows the collection of rich spatial and non-spatial data that are applicable to practice-based and research settings. For example, Denver Parks and Recreation used Maptionnaire to gather citizen feedback for a strategic plan, and the City of Helsinki collected nearly 5,000 citizen responses to inform their 2050 master city plan. Likewise, in the current NIH-funded ParkIndex study, active living researchers are collecting data from adults in four U.S. cities during Fall 2017 to create an empirically-based tool (ParkIndex) that would allow researchers, planners, and citizens to evaluate the potential for park access and use for a given area.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will be able to describe the benefits and advantages of using a map-based survey for active living research and practice.
2. Participants will be led through a Maptionnaire survey demonstration and try to create their own map-based survey.
3. Participants will discuss the capabilities, applications, and data output and analysis functions associated with Maptionnaire.
4. Participants will have opportunity to engage with Maptionnaire staff and researchers who have used the application.

Interactive Features

During the first part of the workshop, participants will be provided a background of the Maptionnaire survey tool and will discuss the various applications for active living (e.g., recreation, transportation, city planning). Maptionnaire surveys from around the globe that have made innovative use of the tool will be presented. Then, participants will get a behind the scenes look at the Maptionnaire survey editor used to create the participatory and research driven map-based surveys. After a demonstration of the survey functions, participants will be able to practice creating their own map-based questionnaire. Participants will be encouraged to bring specific topics of interest or research ideas to the workshop in order to maximize the survey development portion of the session. Attendees will learn the data output and analysis capabilities within the Maptionnaire tool and other softwares. Workshop leaders will discuss the successes, challenges, and costs of Maptionnaire. These diverse elements of the workshop will provide an engaging session replete with interactive discussion, development of a map-based survey, and applications of the Maptionnaire tool.

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