Survey Description and Consent Statement

Survey description

Thank you for considering this survey. Your feedback can support best practice in public engagement.

About the survey

You are invited to answer questions about your experience of viewing or using Commonplace to participate in urban planning. Your views will be highly appreciated, even if you have never used or heard about the Commonplace platform before.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. You can also save your responses and finish later.

By participating, you can join a lottery draw to win an Amazon voucher worth £50. 

Below is an example of the use of Commonplace. 

Use of Commonplace for Didcot Garden Town

The survey aims to collect information about the value of online mapping surveys to engage urban residents in urban planning. This survey is part of an independent academic PhD research project (see information below).

The questions are divided into two themes:

  1. The choice and range of functionalities of Commonplace
  2. Commonplace and public participation

The survey will also be sent to community groups in France, the UK, the USA, Australia, Czech Republic and Sweden who have used or participated in other online mapping surveys (e.g. Mapping for Change, Social Pinpoint, Carticipe, Bästa Platsen, CityPlanner).

Your Participation

Your participation rights are legislated by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and UK Data Protection Act 2018, which states that personal information must be managed in a responsible, secure, and transparent way. You can view a summary of the GDPR Principles here. In sum:

You are free to withdraw your permission at any time.

You can ask to access the collected information at any time.

Your input will be kept anonymous and confidential. The name of your organisation will be kept confidential and anonymised, and you can suggest a name by which you or your organisation can be referred to in the research outputs.

You are free to answer the survey as you see fit. The questions do not incur any known risk for yourself or your organisation.

Data management

This questionnaire is distributed by Online surveys. You can find details of their data security policy here. Online Surveys is fully compliant with UK data protection laws. It is the favoured choice of Northumbria University.

The data will be downloaded by the researcher and processed in data analysis software. The data files will be password-protected during and after the research project. Data will be stored securely for the duration and beyond completion of the research project, for a maximum of five years. The data collected in the questionnaire may be used for comparative studies by the researcher in the future.

Your personal details, if known by the researcher, will be kept confidential at all times of the research process, including after the end of the research project.

Sharing/publication of the research output

Research output, including the analysis of the questionnaire, will be disseminated through conference papers and likely also a publication in an academic journal. The research output may also be disseminated through blog posts that could be read by other practitioners and researchers.

The data will not be used for marketing purposes.

About the research and the researcher

The survey is part of PhD research that investigates the perceived usefulness of different 2D and 3D online mapping software for engaging urban residents in planning. The research project is independent from Commonplace and other providers of online mapping surveys.

The research is conducted by Mr Ian Babelon, PhD candidate at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK) and supervised by Dr James Charlton. You can find my CV on LinkedIN, and my research profile on ResearchGate.

If you have any queries about the survey or the research, or would like to withdraw your participation/permission at any time, please get in touch:

Mr Ian Babelon

Email: | Tel: +44 (0) 7908 099 508

Consent statement

In order to participate in the survey, please consider the following statements:

  • I consent to take part in this survey
  • I have been given information about the survey and the research. I have read and understand the purpose of the study.
  • I understand I can withdraw my consent at any time, without giving a reason and without prejudice.
  • I know that my name and details will be kept confidential and will not appear in any printed documents.
  • None of the participants will be identified in the project report or in other publications based on this project. Copies of any reports or publications will be available on request to participants.
Do you agree to the above terms? By clicking "Yes", you will participate in the survey. Required