Assessment Model


Dimensions to measure walking

Walking consists of a multitude of aspects. At the first workshop in Toronto participants discussed the dimensions that need to be considered and included into the measu- ring framework. Four main dimensions were identified:

  • How much?
  • What is the quality?
  • What are the perceptions
  • What are the institutional conditions?

The Assessment Model

Based on these dimensions a more elaborate Assessment Model was created and continuously refined. It was inspired by an assessment model from New Zealand on cycling and built based on the input by the participants of the workshop in New York in 2009. The Model distinguishes four pillars: ‘input’ which deals with the institutional framework (e.g. policies and resources); ‘output’ which describes, for example, land-use patterns and the extent and quality of the walking infrastructure (walkability); ‘outcome’ consists of the resulting walking activities (e.g. number of walking trips) and the perceptions of people and, finally, ‘impact’ describes the broader economic, ecological and social effects. This framework allows to monitor and evaluate walking comprehensively.

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Walk21 Assessment Model for Measuring Walking

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