Module M06 - Choice of P-Mapping Method based on Purpose, Environment and Resources

Unit M06U02 - Selecting a Mapping Tool to Suit a Given Purpose


The choice of a mapping method or combination of methods, to be employed for collecting and presenting local spatial knowledge is influenced by a number of factors, as discussed in Unit M06U01. Mapping methods can be assessed against each factor using a series of criteria.

Certain methods are more appropriate than others in some settings or with particular groups of people. Furthermore, some methods may be better suited to achieving the purposes that community members set out to attain through the mapping initiative.

This Unit describes a range of participatory mapping methods as well as an indication of their potential uses and users; a review of the purposes to which they may contribute; the settings under which they may be used; and the levels of resources required for implementation.

Unit objectives / expected outcomes

After the completion of the Unit the trainee will be able to:

  • apply a decision-making process for a mapping method to suit a given purpose.

Content outline, main topics covered and suggested sequencing

This Unit focuses on the topics listed below:

  1. Introduction to Unit M06U02 (PPT No. 1) (45 min)
  2. Selecting mapping tools to suit given purposes (Exercise No. 1) (2 ½ hrs)
  3. SWOT analysis for selecting mapping tools (Exercise No. 2 including PPT No. 2) (2 - 2 ½ hrs)

Components of the Unit


Handouts for Trainee (to be distributed in printed format):

Handouts for Trainee (to be distributed in digital format)



Approx. 5 ¾ hours

Additional trainer resources

Equipment needed

Computer, digital projector, pin boards, blackboards or whiteboards, large sheets of craft paper (1.2 m x 1.8 m), meta cards of four colours, 10 pencils, 10 erasers, marker pens, masking tape, scissor, long rulers, PowerPoint slides and Excel sheet of Exercise No.1, photocopies of the selected case studies of Exercise No.1 (all of this Unit), outputs from Exercise No. 1 of Unit M06U02.

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