The purpose of this document is to guide cities when conducting a city-wide public space assessment. It illustrates the steps that should be followed within the process to ensure that the assessment meets the objectives of the city. This guide sets out the “hooks” that the results of the assessment will support the development of a comprehensive evidence-based public space strategy or policy.
Once a city has commissioned an assessment of public spaces, the following steps, which are grouped into four parts, can be followed;
(i) Data collection
(ii) Data analysis
(iii) Reporting and
(iv) Public space strategy.
This guide is designed primarily for local governments including field staff and partners with responsibility for planning, establishing and implementing the programmatic, managerial and organizational aspects of public spaces. It will also be useful for policy makers and supervisors in understanding and promoting public spaces.