Gathering data to inform policy in Surakarta
Surakarta has developed a long-term vision of becoming a more inclusive and child-friendly city, tackling issues such as a lack of playgrounds forcing children to play in unsafe street areas, especially in slums along the bank of the Pepe River. But there is insufficient data on which to base sound policies to realise that vision.
This project will gather data, by means such as mapping and workshops, on how parents and young children currently use their neighbourhoods and what changes they need. It will visualise that data, and use it to spread awareness and persuade the authorities to take action.
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Update on the project
Update, January 2018: Data gathering is complete and dissemination activities are in progress. Preliminary lessons learned include the effectiveness of the “transect walk” method to gather children’s opinions of public spaces while physically in that space, rather than relying on their memories while in a focus group discussion; and the benefit of pre-project socialisation to encourage children to participate.