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Goodspeed Publishes Article about Southern California’s Scenario Planning Model

Friday, September 29, 2017

Goodspeed Publishes Article about Southern California’s Scenario Planning Model in Peer Reviewed Journal “Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science”

Assistant Professor Robert Goodspeed has published “Lessons for developing a planning support system infrastructure: The case of Southern California's Scenario Planning Model” with Master of Urban and Regional Planning alumna Cassie Hackel in the peer-reviewed Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. This journal focuses on smart cities, urban analytics, GIS, and urban simulation models. It also deals with visualisation, computation, and formal design-based methods applicable to morphological processes and structures in cities and regions.

Goodspeed and Hackel’s article was first published online on August 25, 2017. Abstract (from: Sage Journals):

Although planning support systems are being more widely adopted by professional planners, there are very few examples of planning support system infrastructures designed to support planning practices on an ongoing basis. This paper reports the result of an exploratory qualitative study of the Southern California Association of Governments' Scenario Planning Model, an innovative new planning support system infrastructure. Interviews with professionals who served as participants in a two-year development process were conducted to explore the six dimensions that theories from the planning support systems, innovation diffusion, and organizational information technology fields suggest are important to understanding the adoption and use of a planning support system infrastructure: user considerations, perceived benefits, technical details, the development process, jurisdiction characteristics, and planning style. Drawing on these interviews, the article proposes seven lessons for the creation of planning support system infrastructures: utilize participatory design, support a variety of planning practices, address indirect costs to users, encourage collaboration among multiple users within each organization, ensure that all stakeholders have appropriate access, be mindful of the framing of new technologies, and embrace their transformational potential. Although the Scenario Planning Model has benefited from California's unique planning mandates, advances in web-based geospatial technologies mean that many regions may draw on these lessons to create similar planning support system infrastructures, which have the potential to improve local and regional planning practices through enhanced information, analysis, and communication.

Click here to access the article on the journal website.