Q: We are looking for ways to improve our outreach and the software looks interesting. What is the best way to get more information about MetroQuest and pricing?
A: [From Dave] I apologize for not being able to provide more in-depth information about MetroQuest due to the educational nature of this session. The best person to speak with is Derek Warburton at MetroQuest (by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or toll free phone: 1-855-215-0186. Derek will be pleased to make sure you get the information you need. In the meantime, here are two quick videos to give you a better sense of the software and some short client interviews recorded at this year’s National APA Conference.
Q: Has the tool ever been adapted to gather input about a specific project rather than long range planning?
A: [From Dave] Yes, MetroQuest is frequently used for site plans, specific projects, corridor studies, park plans etc. To contrast the examples I showed during the webinar here are two other examples that you are free to play around with. These are not collecting data so feel free to click around all you like. If you are curious to see other examples or have a specific project type in mind please let me know and I’ll be happy to help.
This first project is an engagement process for the development of a recreation center.
Questions for Jamille and Anamika from NCDOT
Q: Do MPOs in NC gather public input on the projects sent to NCDOT prior to the STIP public involvement process?
A: [From Jamille and Anamika] Yes, as a part of the process, they are responsible for conducting their own PI for preliminary point allocations and then finalize them based on the input.
Q: What were the challenges that this effort encountered? How did you address the challenges if any?
A: [From Jamille and Anamika] The only challenges we faced were in the inevitable hiccups in the development of the new functionality. Effective and continuous communication with the stakeholders of the process made it easy.
Q: How did the demographic participation change [with this type of outreach]?
A: [From Jamille and Anamika] Jamille talked about this in his presentation on the age cohort slide. We saw more of the young parents (25-40) participate (mostly due to the outreach and the online presence), who are otherwise busy in evening routine or kid activities. Even 4% of ‘under 25’ participation was a success.
Thanks again for your interest and participation in this webinar.