Does reading scenarios of future land use changes affect willingness to participate in land use planning?
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Land Use Policy. 57: 44-52.
Scenarios of future outcomes often provide context for policy decisions and can be a form of science communication, translating complex and uncertain relationships into stories for a broader audience. We conducted a survey experiment (n = 270) to test the effects of reading land use change scenarios on willingness to participate in land use planning activities. In the experiment, we tested three combinations of scenarios across two time periods, comparing survey responses of individuals reading a set of scenarios with individuals who did not read scenarios. Reading scenario narratives increased willingness to participate in land use planning activities and perceived self-efficacy. Measures of interest and sense of community also increased willingness to participate. Tests of an indirect mediation model found self-efficacy partially mediated the effect of reading scenarios on willingness to participate. This latter relationship may be a mechanistic explanation for the effect of reading scenarios. Envisioning the future with brief, bulleted scenarios of land use change in a print format appears to increase self-efficacy in planning for the future. Our results suggest scenarios can serve as a vehicle for changing public participationin land use planning.
KeywordsScenario; Citizen engagement; Planning; Self-efficacy
Johnson, Michelle L.; Bell, Kathleen P.; Teisl, Mario F. 2016. Does reading scenarios of future land use changes affect willingness to participate in land use planning?. Land Use Policy. 57: 44-52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.05.007.