We assess all of our projects before and after construction to understand social use and play behaviors of people of all ages. We use a variety of observation techniques, from direct visual observation via the System for Observing Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC), to videography, to drones, to sensors and onsite antennae, via our smarterPLAY project.
We also assess environmental factors, such as decibel levels, temperatures of surfaces and structures, species counts, habitat conditions, and air quality. Our findings are shared publicly via our project assessment reports to help improve the design of playground and public spaces for all.
We partner with a number of researchers and organizations as part of our assessment efforts, such as Drs. Kathy Hirsch-Pasek and Brenna Hassinger-Das of the Temple Infant and Child Lab, Drs. Bon Ku and Robert Pugliese the Health Design Lab at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Jefferson University, Dr. Deborah Cohen of the RAND Corporation, and Dr. Thomas McKenzie of San Diego State University.