Community Consultation for Quality of Life (CCQoL) is a major research project to develop a new, map-based model of community consultation that takes place both online and face-to-face in community spaces, also known as urban rooms.
Why community consultation?
The purpose of community consultation is to give people a sense of influence and control over their environment, a key determinant of their overall quality of life. With CCQOL, we want to start a conversation about what local communities value and need in their local area, one which is:
- rooted in their environment,
- takes place both online and face-to-face,
- and can continue over time.
Our hope is that the project facilitates greater inclusion across the community and provides a more accurate picture than the current, often perfunctory and episodic, consultation process. And we believe that it can go some way to joining up consultation activity around Local Development Planning; Planning Consultations; and the post-occupancy evaluation of places.
Creating maps of local assets is a good way to involve the local community in the co-development of local knowledge, which can help make arguments for future improvements and development. The CCQOL project builds on the University of Reading’s Mapping Eco Social Assets project, and will ask the local population to help create maps of their area, both in community spaces and online. The project will reference the Quality of Life Framework as a way of identifying aspects of an area that are important to their health and wellbeing. Information gathered will help to define social value, a term used to describe what happens when buildings, places and infrastructure support environmental, economic and social wellbeing, and in doing so improve people’s quality of life.
- The University of Reading, leading a UK-wide consortium of universities that includes the University of Cardiff, the University of Edinburgh, and Ulster University;
- The Quality of Life Foundation;