This lab-based seminar and class explore current practices in participatory design, civic data research, and community data application and outreach. During the semester, participants engage new methods in blending qualitative and quantitative data collection, assessment and visualization, to study and experimentally prototype how diversified data collections can inform civic decision making, public policy, community engagement, and the design of infrastructures for public participation.

In S2019, we engaged in collaborations with the City of Urbana, local government offices, community groups, civic associations, and local civic stakeholders to build skills in collecting, assessing, evaluating and communicating insights drawn from diverse forms of data. See more on the class Scalar site.