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Here you can find examples of the canvasses and images used in Streamline. Each has a brief description and some notes from experience.

You can assemble your own set and download the images from our Create Your Own section.  Or you can make use of our extensive expertise with Streamline to put together the ideal set for your project.

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Home

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The Home canvas is the default opening canvas of a STREAMLINE set and was designed to instantly stimulate the interviewee’s curiosity. The standard questions focus on future living arrangements, but can be adapted to suit any topic.


Notes from experience
This is mainly a warming up canvas. However, prodding an interviewee on why they’re choosing certain arrangements (multi-generational households, village living, modernized historic houses with lots of ecofriendly features) can quickly yield early insights into what participants value in their future.

 
 

Work

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This canvas can function as a bridge between individual-focused topics and topics related to the wider landscape & society, as you’re talking about economic sectors, offices, transport etc. which are part of the public rather than the exclusively private domain.


Notes from experience:
In an individual setting, this canvas functions mostly as a second warming up, still easing the interviewee into the format and setting. However, in a group setting when the focus is on ‘what would be ideal for the average person living in this area’, it becomes an interesting discussion point on the ideal demographics, economic opportunities and land-use for an area or region.

 

Food

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Similar to the Work canvas, Food can bridge the jump from the individual focus in Home to wider societal topics. It explores both individual preferences in terms of diet, but also how food should be produced and transported, all topics which have consequences for land-use arrangements, for example.

Notes from experience:
As this canvas exclusively has tile-questions on it, it is important to follow up and encourage discussion of why certain dietary patterns or types of food production matter to your participants.

Activities and Uses

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This canvas looks at the facilities and uses available in a landscape, area or community. It takes the abstraction level up a notch, and helps your participant explore what they want from the world around them.

Notes from experience
In many ways, this is probably where you will get a lot of your core data. It expores the ways in which participants use an area for themselves (recreationally, work based etc.), but also what other things they value in their environment (green space, jobs, energy, etc.). Making them prioritise between uses (by adding scores/weighing chosen options) helps them tease out what is important to them and why. Q3 at the end takes them through a set of tactile Likert-scales (dials), exploring more abstract feelings & values connected to the landscape you’re looking at.

 

Values

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We’ll admit: this is the most abstract and challenging of all the canvasses we’ve designed & used so far. Its aim is to get people talking about what values are important to them, and how the local landscape matters to them. It is based on a spectrum of Schwartz values, a set of widely tested individual values that most people adhere to in one form or another, but everyone will have different priorities.


Notes from experience:
Where people put themselves on the values dartboard creates a wealth of possibilities in terms of qualitative analysis and deep, abstract discussion. The values can be subdivided along a couple of axis, which can help you gauge people’s resistance or open-ness to change for example. This canvas is really useful for deep  research, but takes quite a bit of time and explanation for people to wrap their head around.

 

Map

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The map canvas allows interviewees to have a free form go at their ideal landscape, green space, area or region. It teases out preferences for uses, as well as broader ideas about what is desirable/undesirable in a given area.

 

Notes from experience:
The map canvas helps tease out visions around patterns of land use. It is not necessary to have a specific map for the area drawn up, a conceptual representation of the local landscape (hilly, or coastal) can work just as well.

 

This canvas can also be merged with the Yes/No canvas (see below), by having participants placing ideas and specific (instead of generic, as is standard for this canvas) uses associated with Yes/No on the Map canvas.

 

Yes, Please - No, thanks

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On this canvas people are asked to sort a pile of tiles containing ideas, vision elements or ideals into the kind of things they’d really like to see in their landscape, the stuff they’re vehemently against, and what they can’t really be bothered with either way.

 

Notes from experience:
The Yes/No canvas (also known as “My Shoreline” or “My Countryside”) is a good way to test the waters for the popularity  of existing and new landscape elements, and get a sense for the local appetite for change. The number of tiles on offer runs up quickly, and for clarity’s sake it is worthwhile splitting up the bulk into distinct lines of questioning, for example by offering landscape alternatives to pick from (ie a rugged coastline, one with coastal paths, and one with full disability access).

 

Governance

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Whatever your topic, there are bound to be issues around decision-making and governance involved. The “Making it Work” canvas invites the interviewee to share their views on how this should take place, and what level of responsibility they are willing to claim or ascribe to others.

 

Notes from experience:
This canvas is an incredibly rich one, and brings home many of the follow-up questions associated with people’s visions. It’s all well and good imagining an ideal world, but thinking about how to make that come to pass is very challenging (though rewarding) for most people. In essence this canvas provides you with the opportunity to gauge the willingness to participate in follow-up steps, as well as indicating trends towards bottom-up or topdown approaches, and the role of technology, public participation, and funding in the process itself.

 

Legacy

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This canvas is great for rounding up an interview, and bringing the story full circle. It asks about the outcomes of the future, what on the chosen time horizon we leave behind for the next generation.


Notes from experience:
The legacy canvas allows the participants to express their final priorities. If you’re using the values canvas, Q1 is a great follow-up to see how consistent peoples’ held values are. Q2, the geographic indication of where the next generation wants to live, tells you to what extent the interviewee is invested to the future
of the area you’re looking at. It can also be altered to ask what feature of the local area will make them nostalgic in the future.

 

Info

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Last canvas of any set, “Thank you” is the
formal closure of the interview, wrapping up
the session and handling final matters of
consent. Can be used for demographic information as appropriate to your project, feedback on the method and/or willingness to partake in follow-up activities.

 

Scotland

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Owing to the large amount of work we have done in Scotland, we have a dedicated set of images capturing features of Scottish life. From seafood to whisky, and crofts to windfarms, anything here can be used with our themed canvasses, for example Activities and Uses, or the Yes/No canvas.

We also have access to a series of landscape depictions, like the one on the left, originally created for Adaptation Scotland and released under a Creative Commons license similar to the one used by Streamline. We use them as a crossover between the Map and the Yes/No canvas. If you're interested in these, please get in touch via our contact page, as they are not available for download from our Library.

 

Leisure and Travel

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Streamline's predecessor was an online crowdsourcing tool used in the VOLANTE project, and as a result we have a set of images relating to Leisure and Travel, for which there is no dedicated canvas.

Following a request from students, we also have a few images relating to their Greenspace on Campus study, which was carried out in cooperation with the University of Edinburgh Social Responsility and Sustainability department as a Streamline Mini project.

Like the Scotland set, these images can be combined and incorporated with any of the themed Streamline canvasses.

We also still have access to the open access software for the online crowdsourcing platform, get in touch if you would like to know more about this

 

Woodlands

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Who doesn't like trees?! A fellow researcher at Edinburgh University needed a series of woodland related pictures for a workshop in collaboration with Forest Research, and drew on both the Adaptation Scotland visuals and Streamline elements to create a set of forest tiles. These could be handy for Activities and Uses and Yes/No, or any other canvas from our Library.

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