Empowering Newcomers with Low-Tech Workshops and High-Tech Analyses

  • Katia Balassiano Iowa State University
  • Christopher J. Seeger Iowa State University
Keywords: Community Information, Access, Social Cohesion

Abstract

Newcomer participation in governance is a common goal, but many traditional venues and mechanisms designed to facilitate inclusive decision-making remain inaccessible. We present a case study that uses low-tech participatory mapping workshops to help newcomers learn where people go to discuss local affairs and access information. We then analyze the workshop data with a dynamic, high-tech, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) spatial modeling process. The maps generated can be used to identify more inclusive venues for public meetings. This article describes the replicable workshop methodology, analytic tools, and benefits that result from using the two in concert.

Author Biographies

Katia Balassiano, Iowa State University
Katia Balassiano, AICP, is an Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. E-mail: katiab@iastate.edu
Christopher J. Seeger, Iowa State University
Christopher J. Seeger is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Extension Specialist in Community and Economic Development at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. E-mail: cjseeger@iastate.edu
Published
2014-06-15
How to Cite
Balassiano, K., & Seeger, C. (2014). Empowering Newcomers with Low-Tech Workshops and High-Tech Analyses. The Journal of Community Informatics, 10(3). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.org/index.php/ciej/article/view/1071