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    Non-spatial quality of life components in scenario building

    Hi everyone,

    So I am currently involved in a regional visioning effort in southern Arizona. We are grapling with how to integrate non-spatial qualitative and value data into scenario building so that we may develop alternative scenarios for the community. We are trying to think beyond land-use and transportation modelling, particularly about public safety, education, the arts etc. Does any one know of any examples about how these issues have been succesfully incorporated into regional visioning scenario building? Any suggestions or cases that anyone can offer would really be appreciated. Thank you very much.

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    Quote Originally posted by Selleck View post
    Hi everyone,

    So I am currently involved in a regional visioning effort in southern Arizona. We are grapling with how to integrate non-spatial qualitative and value data into scenario building so that we may develop alternative scenarios for the community. We are trying to think beyond land-use and transportation modelling, particularly about public safety, education, the arts etc. Does any one know of any examples about how these issues have been succesfully incorporated into regional visioning scenario building? Any suggestions or cases that anyone can offer would really be appreciated. Thank you very much.
    You should have been pointed to Sacramento for a baseline if you are a citizen engaged in these efforts, esp for scenario analysis.

    But it should be easy enough to try and make some sort of QOL as a goal on the x or y axis to try and visualize outcomes, as long as you are explicit about paying for it and know your publics. Down there I can't imagine too many actually paying for other people's positive outcomes, so good luck.

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    Thanks for your response ColoGl. We have been in touch with Sacramento and have researched their process. They are taking the approach of incorporating QOF aspects through the co-benefits that are the outcomes of a different land use pattern. So I guess the difference is that they are looking at QOF on the back end, we are wondering if it is possible to incorporate them on the front end in the model building or through some form of visual representation. It may be a fool's errand, but we are just wondering how others have dealt with this. It may just come down to determining indicators and establishing our own benchmarks. This is what they have done in Chicago goto2040. Ok, thanks again for your input.

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    Quote Originally posted by Selleck View post
    It may just come down to determining indicators and establishing our own benchmarks. This is what they have done in Chicago goto2040. Ok, thanks again for your input.
    That is all you do in any scenario analysis - the key is to choose meaningful indicators (or a suite of them) and ensure they are measurable.

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