2020 National Planning Conference

Collecting, Organizing and Communicating Planning Information

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198025

Location: 2008

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


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. Drawing on best practice experience in collecting, organizing, and communicating information for effective practice five speakers will 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.

Speakers will draw on their recently published 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, along with considering alternative communicative processes to account for the social context, community, audience, and task at hand.

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Session Speakers

Kathryn Schell
New York, NY

Cornelius K. Nuworsoo, AICP
California Polytechnic State University, SLO
San Luis Obispo, CA

Hemalata C. Dandekar
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA

Darcie White, AICP
Clarion Associates
Denver, CO

Richard Crepeau
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC

Amir Hajrasouliha
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA

Chris J. Steins
Urban Insight
San Luis Obispo, CA