Participatory Planning

Research and Commentary

Today’s most pressing policy challenges require expert analysis to address. But public participation can also be essential to the decisionmaking process. The Pardee Center advances the state of the art in analytic facilitation of participatory processes.

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    COVID-19 and How Poor Planning Leads to a Lack of Freedom

    Sep 4, 2020

    The pandemic has made Americans less free, confining us to our homes, and separating us from the people we love and the activities we value. This experience may help people learn the importance of planning to preserving and expanding freedom.

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    Journal Article

    Engaging Multiple Worldviews With Quantitative Decision Support

    Aug 25, 2020

    Many of today's pressing policy challenges—such as climate change and inequality—are characterized as wicked problems. How might decision making under deep uncertainty be used to demonstrate methods that may help resolve the tension between differing approaches for addressing these problems?

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    Sitka Visit Focuses on Future Externship, Landslide Research

    Mar 4, 2020

    Three Pardee RAND Graduate School students, three faculty, and Dean Susan Marquis flew to Sitka, Alaska, in February to share research findings, participate in a workshop, and develop plans for a summer externship pilot.

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    Implementing a New Mobility Vision in a Fast-Changing World

    Jan 3, 2020

    Culver City's booming local economy contributes to significant traffic congestion. Its Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plan aims to reduce the reliance on cars by reshaping the urban landscape. An implementation plan for the Rancho Higuera neighborhood can help the city realize its TOD vision.

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    Journal Article

    Sacramento Area Council of Governments Peer Review

    Sep 25, 2019

    The Southern California Association of Governments held a peer review to promote information exchange in the transportation planning and modeling community. The primary objective of the peer review was to help agencies understand the use of models to better manage uncertainties in long-range planning.

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    A World-Building Workshop on the Future of Artificial Intelligence

    Jun 21, 2019

    How might artificial intelligence (AI) be used to shape a new world? A workshop engaged a group of innovative thinkers in an approach called large-scale speculative design to sketch desirable, AI-enabled future worlds.

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    Journal Article

    Bezos World Or Levelers: Can We Choose Our Scenario?

    Mar 28, 2019

    Artificial intelligence (AI) machine learning algorithms now meet or surpass capabilities once regarded as uniquely human and will grow more capable over time. How might AI be used to enable fundamentally different future worlds?

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    A Better Way to Think About Scooters

    Aug 28, 2018

    Unleashed in Santa Monica, California, last September, Bird and its competitors are now in 30 American cities and counting. Cities are responding to the scooter takeover with new regulations and increased law enforcement. But if officials rely only on 20th-century tools to integrate these 21st-century scooters into their cities, they will miss a big opportunity.

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    RAND Wins $2.1 Million Grant to Improve Landslide Prediction

    Oct 10, 2018

    A RAND-led team that includes the University of Southern California, the University of Oregon, the Sitka Sound Science Center, and the Sitka Tribe of Alaska will design a novel landslide risk warning system for Sitka, Alaska, a coastal town of 9,000 near the landslide-prone slopes of the Tongass National Forest.