Guide to Evaluate Performance
A key step in evaluating the performance of any landscape project is determining what to measure and how. Our soon-to-be-released Evaluating Performance: A Guidebook for Metrics and Methods Selection pulls together over 100 metrics in 33 benefit categories and presents assessment considerations and examples. The guidebook offers a starting point for design practitioners, agencies, park and land managers, instructors, students, and others who want to evaluate the environmental, social, and economic performance of a built landscape project.
In 2013, we commissioned a study to assess the metrics and methods used in Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs, identify a set of widely applicable metrics and methods, and compile the findings into a comprehensive guidebook. The metrics were to be understandable and meaningful to typical land development decision-makers. The methods were to be: (1) relatively easy to use for a non-expert, (2) generally applicable to a range of project types and scales, (3) able to be accomplished in a short (<6 months) timeframe, which may involve limited site visits, and (4) defensible.
The guidebook will be published in PDF format in early-2019. Ultimately, the guide will be put into a web-based format so that users can more easily navigate, see examples, and drill down to the appropriate level of detail. We also plan to add detailed how-to guidance for the different methods and work with scientists and other experts to expand and refine the list of metrics and methods presented.