Assessment Before Planning
The key question is: “Where are you starting from?” It is important to have a clear picture – a baseline – of where you’re beginning; what inclusive practices are already in place and what transportation needs will be addressed by the initiative. A baseline assessment, at a minimum, should answer the following questions:
- What transportation needs exist in the community?
- What needs do participants identify as most important to address?
- How inclusive is transportation planning now and how does it identify transportation priorities?
The assessment process can include gathering information from a wide range of participants, partners and stakeholders, and should include people or partner organizations committed to being involved. If possible, include those whose interest in the initiative is limited, but who will be impacted by the work to be undertaken.
Information gathering methods, like surveys, public forums, interviews, focus groups and others are ideal during this phase of the project.
The Transit Planning for All team has developed the Pathway to Inclusion to help communities asses their current level of inclusion and develop methods to improve inclusive practices.