At the end of November 2018 Mr. John Howie, the Organisational Lead for Place at NHS Health Scotland, visited the Municipality of Karposh, where the tool was piloted. The mayor of the municipality, Stefan Bogoev, and members of the municipal administration presented Mr. Howie with their experiences in relation to its implementation and the initial outcomes. Other stakeholders like representatives from other municipalities, the business sector, academia, NGOs and journalists were also present. The visit served as an opportunity to promote the use of the tool in cities beyond Karposh, and the principle of involving stakeholders and citizens in municipal planning processes.
While the law in Macedonia calls for municipal leaders to consult with citizens, this is not applied in practice very often. Citizens in the municipality of Karposh were therefore astonished and pleased that their views were being solicited in a way that was not superficial and just before an election period. The tool offered a proper structure for discussion.