MetroQuest is an integrated 3-D scenario planning software platform, designed to produce powerful visual displays as well as substantive information on scenarios, proposals, and tradeoffs. It is designed to substantively engage people in planning.
Designed for use in interactive facilitated meetings, at kiosks, and on personal computers and tablets, MetroQuest offers a robust and flexible way to communicate complex planning ideas to the public and engage people in providing feedback.
Municipalities and planning agencies use MetroQuest to educate and communicate the long-term impacts of various policy choices to non-expert audiences, leaving them with a sense of ownership over the result. MetroQuest allows stakeholders to set their priorities, try different planning choices and see future consequences related to their priorities. This sets the stage for stakeholders to have a meaningful discussion about future plans and send feedback to planners.
The program has the ability to show and compare scenarios through maps, charts and graphs, pictures, and text, and is based on the understanding that community planning involves multiple tradeoffs and bottom lines. The program seeks to show stakeholders how their values are inter-related, and how different bottom lines impact one another.
Since planning occurs in multiple stages, which differ by community, MetroQuest can be customized to work in many ways. The software can help communities obtain input, visualize alternatives, evaluate future scenarios, communicate preferred plans, monitor progress, and reinforce support for policies and plans.
The MetroQuest company also offers training and workshop facilitation in community planning processes all over North America.