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Measuring What Matters: Metrics to Capture the Social Impacts of Public Spaces - 1.25 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

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We believe that shared civic assets have the power to influence social outcomes. Detroit is one of five cities piloting a new measurement system that tracks the impacts of investments in public space design and programming. Learn about this metrics framework and take home tools to measure your own work.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Understand a new data-driven approach for determining the multifaceted value of reinvesting in public places based on social outcomes.
  • Gain knowledge of how a cross-sector team in Detroit is deploying this measurement system in partnership with neighborhood residents, and the benefits they have found in this approach.
  • Consider investments and sites in your own portfolio or community that may be ripe for deploying this new metrics system.
  • Learn how to use a set of DIY measurement tools to capture metrics that matter for your own public space projects.


  • Lynn Ross, AICP, Founder and Principal, Spirit for Change Consulting, LLC
  • Alexa Bush, ASLA, Urban Design Director - East Region, City of Detroit
  • Benjamin A. Bryant, Director of Special Projects, Interface Studio, LLC


  • 1.25 - PDH

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9/6/21 8:24 pm

I think the answer to the second question is scored incorrectly. The presenters said the percentage of people who spend time with their neighbors dropped from 30% to 20%, so the percentage of people who do not spend time with their neighbors would be 80%. The exam scored 30% as the correct answer. Please double check, thanks!