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APA Foundation: Input Requested on the FutureShape Survey

Friday, May 10, 2019  
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No research agenda currently exists for the planning profession. Recognizing the need to equip planners with evidence-based tools to address the challenges facing communities, the APA Foundation launched a research initiative, FutureShape. FutureShape will collaboratively produce a research agenda for the planning profession, to be used by funders, researchers and others as a guide to prioritize research activities worldwide.

Over the past nine months, experts in planning and allied professions, academics, and other thought leaders have been developing and discussing the research problem statements of today and tomorrow.

This effort needs the input of planners and allied professionals to result in a robust and representative agenda. I invite you to consider sharing the FutureShape prioritization survey with your readers, members and constituents. The survey takes only 7 to 10 minutes and will be available through May 15, 2019.

For more information, please feel free to contact Karen Kazmierczak at

About the APA Foundation
The mission of the APA Foundation is to advance the art and science of planning through philanthropic activities that provide access to educational opportunities, enrich the public dialogue about planning, and advance social equity in the profession and in our communities. The Foundation supports three priority initiatives—research, scholarships, and community assistance—in support of this mission. Learn more about the APA Foundation at


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.


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