Measuring the Performance of Livability Programs


The report produced by MINETA Transportation Institute at San Jose State University  analyzes the performance measurement processes adopted by five large “livability” programs throughout the United States. It also compares and contrasts these programs by examining existing research in performance measurement methods.The best practices of the examined performance measurement methods for each program are explored and anslyzed with respect to their key characteristics.

The analysis revealed that programs commonly measure sources and uses of funds, volume of development activity, changes in land value, and jobs created. While some programs characterize the development activity based on livability criteria (e.g., percent affordable) most programs do not capture all of their customers’ livability goals in their development activity statistics. Beyond these commonalities, factors reported across programs are very diverse.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to measuring livability – by its nature it is a locally defined issue with a wide range of stakeholders.Therefore, the new research on livability can learn from others when developing measurement strategies.

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