Through “object elicitation”, facilitators encourage small groups of participants to locate their object in a diagrammatic landscape map, using local materials and a grid.
– Co-producing data
– Training facilitators
– Data standards
The starting point for these outdoor workshops is an object brought by each participant that holds a meaningful connection to the landscape. Through “object elicitation”, facilitators encourage small groups of participants to locate their object in a diagrammatic landscape map, using local materials and a grid. Group reflections and discussions about the maps are then recorded on video. This innovative, visual method of collecting and recording data builds on my experience on the Coral Communities project.
Ruritage: a pan European project
With support from the Ruritage project, I led workshops to create innovative object maps using a combination of geo-located data (locating a meaningful object on a map) and participants’ feelings and reflections on their local landscapes. Keen to replicate this visual method, I was subsequently asked to co-develop a toolkit for training facilitators that included a printed manual and a box of materials, such as rope, scissors, pens and tote bags. Facilitators could then run their own workshops, having learned how to collect visual data in a methodical and creative manner. They were also able to monitor how people felt about changes in the landscape, such as new pathways.