Travel based research project

Something that The Playground Project INDIGO team has been dreaming about for a long time looks like it might finally happen. Through the Northeastern University Scholar’s Program, we have applied for funding in order to further our research and education on inclusive play. Pending approval, the Scholars Independent Research Fund (SIRF) will provide some of our team members with the resources necessary to travel this summer to observe and compare playgrounds in major cities around the United States. Durward and Monisha completed this application and are planning to devote nine weeks of full-time research in order to further our understanding of how and why certain cities allocate funds to Parks and Recreation the way that they do, and whether or not this allocation is sufficient to serve the needs of its community. Alex, Hannah and Mariya are also planning to join the duo for the East Coast portion of the journey. Keep posted for more information of the development and (hopefully the) approval of this project!
In other news, we are just starting to develop a new survey that will hopefully be more applicable in helping to ensure inclusivity during the design phase of a playground. This tool will ideally output a score in order to rate a design’s inclusivity, and we will be able to show designers changes in score based on additions of elements or changes of layout.

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