WS 1.1 Measuring inclusion in place: Testing a framework for assessing inclusive healthy places

Workshop provider(s)

J. Gardner*1, K. Pollack2, A. Marpillero-Colomina1
1Gehl Institute, USA, 2Johns Hopkins University, USA

Workshop description

Problem Statement: As more cities focus implementing active living strategies, there is a need to ensure planning and design change is guided by inclusive processes and leads to equitable outcomes. This workshop will test a framework to do this.


This workshop will introduce a newly developed framework for assessing place via the parameters of health and inclusion, led by 3-4 workshop leaders who will articulate the impetus for this work, research methods employed, what findings revealed, and envisioned next steps.

After the framework is introduced, participants will go out into the field, close to the conference site (e.g., Bow River Trail, or Banff Avenue) and test the framework themselves.

The workshop purpose is to provide an opportunity for practitioners and scholars to apply a research-based evaluative tool to an existing public space  and generate discussion and interest in creating and sustaining active living environments.

The Inclusive Healthy Places framework has been developed by Gehl Institute, with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The values and objectives embedded in this work are derived from the RWJF Culture of Health agenda framework, and are the result of multisectoral collaboration between practitioners, scholars, policymakers, advocates, and other key actors.

Learning Objectives

1. Examine how evaluation can be a crucial instrument in building healthier, more equitable active living environments.
2. Develop new strategies for assessing place and place-based components of active living.
3. Build a shared understanding about how to create and sustain inclusive and healthy active living environments.

Interactive Features

Q & A with workshop leaders.
Site visit + framework test.
Small group discussions after site visit.
Small group report back.

Workshop Timeline 

12:00 - 12:40: Panel discussion by workshop leaders, introducing the evaluation framework: Impetus, Research Methods, Findings, Next Steps.
12:40 - 12:55: Short Q & A on presentation content.
12:55 - 13:05: Introduce and distribute field exercise; divide participants into groups (with one workshop leader per group).
13:05 - 13:15: Disperse; walk to field sites.
13:15 - 14:00: Participants use framework to guide site observation and assess healthy and inclusive characteristics.
14:00- 14:15: Groups reconvene in workshop space.
14:15 - 14:35: Each site group shares findings and insights (with one workshop leader moderating each group); large Post-its or another tool will be used to take notes / document findings and ideas generated (note taker(s) will be designated in each group).
14:35 - 14:55: Each group reports back - Presents key findings to all other participants, using large Post-its to convey key takeaways.
14:55 - 15:00: Wrap-up led by workshop leaders.


Gehl. Public Life Diversity Toolkit. 2016.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. From Action to Vision: A Framework and Measures to Mobilize a Culture of Health. Fall 2015.

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