Measuring Success
Through data and research, demonstrating the benefits of a reimagined civic commons.

Using Data to Illustrate Impact

We’ve designed a measurement system to analyze the impacts of these investments on the sites and in surrounding communities and to track progress toward our four main goals.

The data collection process will take us into the public places we’re reimagining and the neighborhoods nearby to understand how visitors are interacting with each place—and how the place is supporting a more engaged, equitable, sustainable and economically vibrant community. We’ll also use publicly available data and in-depth analyses to evaluate the changes over time.

Demonstration teams in five cities are working closely with communities to foster:
Civic
Engagement

We will build a sense of community that brings people of all backgrounds back into public life as stewards and advocates shaping their city’s future.

Signals

Public life

Stewardship and advocacy

Trust

Socioeconomic
Mixing

We will create places where everyone belongs and that generate opportunities for shared experience among people of all incomes and backgrounds.

Signals

Mixing on site

Reputation

Bridging social capital

Neighborhood diversity

Environmental
Sustainability

We will increase access to nature and create environmentally friendly places easily reached by walking, biking or transit.

Signals

Access to nature

Ecological indicators

Walkability/bikeability

Value
Creation

We will encourage additional investments in neighborhoods to foster local businesses and change the perception of safety while maintaining neighborhood affordability.

Signals

Safety

Retail activity

Real estate value and affordability

Learn More in Our Metrics Reports
Measuring the civic commons