Providing decision-makers in urban planning with methodologies to analyze and compare alternative ways to solve a problem.
VITO BICA developed the MCDA Toolkit to ease complex decision making in basic research for urban planners in academic surroundings who are less aware of how and when to use modern communication tools to attract and interact with even younger stakeholders.
The web is rapidly changing things and with it parts of how humans interact — same applies for school routine. Is it really worth developing new participation tools within urban planning, which will be used by few and will be outdated after — let‘s say — two years? Shouldn‘t we be just there where students, teachers and parents actually live in the virtual space? In the past couple of years, information and communication technologies have become an essential part of our lives.
People integrate them into their daily lives, in order to communicate with more ease, to maintain relationships and to exchange information — We know this for sure. Numerous digital platforms are also being developed and implemented in e-participation processes.
But are these state-of-the-art? Are they accepted by the target groups and how useful they really are for e-participation processes? In order to decide which are the right communication tools for e-participation within school building projects, intents and requirements must be clarified at an early stage and some decisions made in advance.
Dealing with complex decision-making problems is often very difficult due to simultaneous consideration of manifold choices and the different consequences that can come up with.
We approached the project by observing how researchers — in the context of urban planning — decide which methods and what tools to use by meeting and speaking with those who work and act within the academic climate of urban planning.
The identified problems associated with research processes within urban planning are:
We developed a customized multi-criterial decision aid model for participative processes in urban planning which is high valuable and can be used in complex decision-making processes, especially when several alternatives with correspondingly numerous heterogeneous requirements are available. It helps stakeholders focus on the project itself, is logically structured, consistent and, above all, particularly easy to use.
Especially in the case of group decisions, MCDA tools helps to talk about the options and alternatives and allows to take into account the ideas and preferences of all group members in order to reach an effective result as fast as possible.
DECYS is a web app we designed for building projects and business development, that makes it easier for key players to take decisions.
The following example shows how DECYS helps making the right choices for your project intents and requirements.