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Interpreting Spaceshaper results

How to interpret the results of the Spaceshaper questionnaire and workshop.

The Spaceshaper software turns the questionnaire and workshop outputs into visual results and agree the priorities for action to improve the space. These can then be used to discuss the space further.

Spaceshaper uses 'spider' diagrams to illustrate the results of the questionnaires during the workshops. Each of the eight lines that radiate from the centre point represents one of the eight sections from the questionnaire. On each axis, a point has been marked. The more positive people’s responses are towards the space, the further out the point sits on the line. All the points have been joined up and the inside of the shape coloured in. The larger the shape, the better the perception of the site overall.

Spaceshaper uses the diagrams to help initiate the debate and discussion between the workshop participants. Points that lie within the dotted mid-line indicate poor perception of a site, points sitting outside the dotted line a positive perception. The example illustrated here shows that the group thought this was a poor site.

Comparing results for different groups

One example of how the results can be shown is to compare responses between different groups. The example here shows those who use the space against those who work for the space, with interesting results:


Two examples of spider diagrams for Spaceshaper results

Both groups see access and environment as relative strengths, but there are clear differences in how they perceive the space. Other options could include comparisons between young and older people, or those who use the park every day and those who don't. The facilitator can also use other information, such as likes and dislikes and priorities, to initiate discussions.