It has been over a year since the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This forced the entire world to close their doors to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. As we all scrambled to find ways to work from home, the digital landscape became our only avenue to interact with family, friends, and communities.

Since the pandemic continues to impact our lives, the ASLA Parks and Recreation Professional Practice Network (PPN) has developed a short survey to discover how other members have been navigating the virtual realm while engaging with clients and their communities. The goal for this survey is to seek strategies and suggestions to improve the virtual community outreach and public engagement during these unprecedented times.

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* 1. During the community outreach phase of your project(s), how has your experience been this past year?

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* 2. Has the virtual platform provided a better or worse public engagement and experience, compared to pre-pandemic?

The following is a list of a variety of virtual meeting platforms. Rate the quality of each platform, if used, or choose "N/A" if not used.

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* 3. Go To Meeting

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* 4. Google Hangouts

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* 5. Microsoft Teams

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* 6. Skype

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* 7. Zoom

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* 8. Other platform used

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* 9. How many virtual public engagement meetings have you attended in 2020?

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* 10. How many virtual public engagement meetings have you facilitated in 2020?

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* 11. Did you have to cancel or postpone public outreach meetings in 2020?

The following is a list of a variety of devices used for virtual platforms. Rate the quality of each platform, if used you and your stakeholders, or choose "N/A" if not used.

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* 12. Computer/laptop

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* 13. What virtual platform(s) works best with this device?

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* 14. Tablet

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* 15. What virtual platform(s) works best with this device?

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* 16. Phone

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* 17. What virtual platform(s) works best with this device?

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* 18. Other device used

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* 19. What virtual platform(s) works best with this device?

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* 20. Do you plans to have an in-person public meeting 2021?

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* 21. Would you recommend a particular meeting format best suited for virtual public meetings?

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* 22. In your opinion, do you think public engagement and public outreach meetings will continue to operate virtually post-pandemic?

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* 23. Do you have any suggestions for improving virtual public outreach that you would like to share with other ASLA members?

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