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A Protocol for Evaluating Contextual Design Principles

Institute of Environmental Quality, 290 Rutledge Street, San Francisco, CA 9410-5344, USA
Behav. Sci. 2014, 4(4), 448-470;
Received: 17 August 2014 / Revised: 17 October 2014 / Accepted: 20 October 2014 / Published: 7 November 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Environmental Psychology)
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This paper explains how scientific data can be incorporated into urban design decisions, such as evaluating contextual design principles. The recommended protocols are based on the Cochrane Reviews that have been widely used in medical research. The major concepts of a Cochrane Review are explained, as well as the underlying mathematics. The underlying math is meta-analysis. Data are reported for three applications and seven contextual design policies. It is suggested that use of the Cochrane protocols will be of great assistance to planners by providing scientific data that can be used to evaluate the efficacies of contextual design policies prior to implementing those policies. View Full-Text
Keywords: contextual design; Cochran Review; evidence-based urban planning contextual design; Cochran Review; evidence-based urban planning

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