For more than 35 years, planners have depended on The Planner's Use of Information to help them address their information needs. While the ability to manage complex information skillfully remains central to the practice of planning, the variety and quantity of information have ballooned in the last two decades. The methods of accessing and handling information––although often ultimately easier and faster––require new technical savvy. At the same time, planners themselves, and the constituents they serve, have changed.

This completely revised and updated third edition of this popular book will serve the new generation of planners who work in a world where social media, cell phones, community-embedded development, and a changing population have revolutionized the practice of planning. Edited again by Hemalata C. Dandekar, with chapters by leading experts in data collection, analysis, presentation, and management, The Planner's Use of Information empowers practitioners to use and address the impacts of twenty-first-century technologies. The book offers a range of methods for addressing many kinds of information needs in myriad situations. It is an invaluable day-to-day resource for practicing planners and an ideal classroom text for courses in planning communication and analytical methods. Illustrations, real-life examples, cartoons, exercises, bibliographies, and lists of online resources enrich the text.

chapter |10 pages


ByHemalata C. Dandekar

chapter |6 pages

A Planning Case Study

Edited ByHemalata C. Dandekar

part I|97 pages

Information Collection

chapter 1|23 pages

Field Methods for Collecting Information

ByHemalata C. Dandekar

chapter 2|32 pages

Survey Methods for Planners

ByCornelius Nuworsoo

chapter 3|40 pages

Information from Secondary Sources

ByCornelius Nuworsoo

part II|144 pages

Information Organization

chapter 4|38 pages

Analytical Methods in Planning

ByRichard Crepeau

chapter 5|27 pages

Working With Teams

ByPeter Ash

chapter 6|20 pages

Public Participation

ByDarcie White

chapter 7|30 pages

Technology and Techniques

ByChris Steins

chapter 8|27 pages

The Physical Planning Process

ByVicente del Rio, Hemalata C. Dandekar

part III|89 pages

Information Communication

chapter 9|28 pages

Speaking Skills for Presentations

ByDonald L. Elliott

chapter 10|28 pages

Written Communication

ByVivienne N. Armentrout

chapter 11|31 pages

Graphic and Visual Communication

ByAmir Hajrasouliha