During the event Jij Maakt de Stad! (You Make the City) organised on April 6th, 2017 by De Gezonde Stad and various collaborating parties, my Citizen Data Lab colleagues and I held a plot party at the Student Hotel. A plot party is one or a series of visual interventions that can be used to elicit responses about certain problem areas, to formulate (better) research questions, gather opinions and start a discussion, or identify priorities around a topic. Plot parties hold an informal middle ground between a questionnaire, an infographic and a discussion starter. What I like about it is that it immediately shows respondents how their responses are correlated to paint a certain picture (showing the intention of the researcher to an extent). The result is that participants also critique the correlation assumed. For this event we designed and created a total of 8 plot party installations and posters to be used in and around the workshops held during the event.
The topics and questions ranged from: what do plants and flowers do for a neighbourhood? To who is responsible for sustainable food chain?. The main installation explored visitors’ willingness to make a contribution to a greener city tomorrow and was also the place around which we had more qualitative interviews and conversations with visitors. The information and insights gathered were used to formulate and refine questions for further applied research to help citizens and professionals make the city greener and healthier.
The design of all plot parties are available here, and can be fabricated using a combination of hand tools, print technique of choice and digital fabrication tools (vinylcutter & laser cutter, which are included in the inventories of most makerspaces).
The plot party interventions were presented at a conference for science communication (Vakconferentie Wetenschapscommunicatie) on April 10th 2017 in the Hague.