Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Consultants Share Opinions on How to Improve PRORAGIS

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Consultants Share Opinions on How to Improve PRORAGIS

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How can we further enrich our user experience to expand the collective impact of PRORAGIS[TM]? NRPA sought answers to these questions and others at a meeting held in early January. Industry consultants recognized for their expertise in the fields of design and planning were invited to meet with NRPA to discuss increasing user engagement to generate a national dataset, improving the functionality of PRORAGIS and expanding the developing database's impact.

Representatives included Larry Orman (GreenInfo Network), Barbara Heller (Heller and Heller Consulting), Jana McKenzie (Logan Simpson Design), Leon Younger and Neelay Bhatt (PROS Consulting), Chris Dropinski (GreenPlay LLC), Ryan Mottau (MIG Inc.), Jim Carrillo (Halff Associates Inc.), Greg Manns (Industry Insights), Brie Hensold (Sasaki), Ron Vine (Leisure Vision) and David Barth (David L. Barth LLC). Prior to the meeting, each attendee was invited to evaluate PRORAGIS, NRPA's online database that collects, compiles and reports on park and recreation department operating and geographic information.

Barbara Tulipane, NRPA's president and CEO, addressed the group, emphasizing the importance of outside input on increasing user engagement and expanding the database's impact. Tulipane stated that the input gathered from the advisory meeting would be used to refine PRORAGIS. NRPA introduced four current projects to the attendees and solicited expert advice on how these projects could be used to benefit the department's three main objectives. Current projects include:

* Survey revision: One streamlined survey requiring less than two hours to complete, supported by less frequent, targeted surveys

* Improved GIS functionality: Improved Census-layer selection usability with the addition of measurement and search functionality

* Increased graphical reporting outputs: Increased graphical outputs to improve understanding and user experience

* Expanded Eco-Benefit calculator suite: New calculator tools to showcase the benefits of parks to communities and developing partnerships to leverage existing tools

Consultants were asked to identify strategies for each of the meeting's three key points. …

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