Our platform is constantly evolving in response to modern engagement requirements and we have recently added some exciting features

Participatr is different, because we create bespoke, tailored solutions for each project rather than offering self-service software for project teams to launch their own consultations independently.

However, each consultation website that we create is powered by the same software (i.e. our platform), which has evolved constantly since we launched our business back in 2016. To give you a sense of its power, it processes 18,477 lines of code in just a few milliseconds every time a consultation web page loads up. The 'machinery' beneath the surface might be immensely complex, but it is designed to make the user experience as simple and stress-free as possible for communities.

Our platform allows us to create and launch cost-effective and powerful web-based consultations within a matter of hours, without having to write 18,477 lines of code from scratch each time, with the flexibility to easily customise and curate our websites to the unique circumstances of each project using our extensive engagement expertise and experience.

What this means in practice is that you get a solution that is right for your project, designed for maximum impact and the best possible outcomes. It also means we're constantly adding new features to our platform, because the answer is (nearly) always yes when a customer asks whether something is possible. Here are our newest platform features:

Masterplan overlays for design feedback

Until now, members of a community have been able to drop a pin on an interactive map of their area to highlight an issue or idea specific to a street location, building or public space. This provides design teams with deep insight on the 'baseline conditions' in a locality or neighbourhood to create more informed masterplans and policy.

We can now overlay an area of the interactive map with a proposed masterplan or layout plan for a project to gather feedback on individual elements of the plans. This means that, once plans have been formulated for a development site, street or neighbourhood, participants can highlight aspects of the plan that they like and dislike and leave a comment by dropping a pin on the relevant area of the map, such as the location of a proposed building or an open space.

Map legend and focus areas

Until now, we have been able to overlay boundaries on our interactive map, highlighting the 'red line' boundary of a planning proposal or the administrative local government boundaries for an area. This helps focus the participant's comments and set plans within their environmental context.

We have now developed a tool for participants to select a place name from the map legend to automatically pan and zoom into that area, draw it's boundary in real time and open an information box to provide area-specific information. This tool is useful for large scale development projects to highlight different land uses within the context of a wider masterplan, for example.

Deep location information

When someone completes a survey or drops a pin, the platform looks up the latitude and longitude coordinates relating to their postcode or pin-drop location. That way, every time the interactive map loads-up, a pin appears at the exact coordinates where it was left or the street where the respondent lives or works.

Our platform now records additional information about the location of the respondent or the place that their pin-drop comment relates to. It uses Government data to look up and record the local authority, ward and postcode area where the coordinates are located. This helps the project team filter responses according to locality and compare community opinion across different districts, wards and streets.

If you would like a demonstration of our new features, please Get in touch.

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