Evaluating interventions in greenspace

The health benefits of people spending time in greenspace has become increasingly well evidenced. This has resulted in a growing number of environmental projects aimed at improving public health through a variety of interventions. To determine the effectiveness of these projects it is important to create a shared understanding of the complex connections between interventions and outcomes, and be aware of the most appropriate measures for evaluating success.

Using Plymouth City Council’s Green Minds Derriford Community Park project as a case study, this resource introduces a causal loop diagram approach to help visualise how variables, such as key interventions, influencing factors, intermediate and ultimate outcomes, are related to one another. It also provides some of the latest evidence, and case studies, around how to measure and evaluate success.

As such, this resource will be useful to individuals and organisations planning or implementing interventions that protect and improve the natural environment and human health and wellbeing, whether they are from the environmental management, urban planning, public health or voluntary sectors. It will also be of interest to funders and policy makers working in this space.

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Published: December 2021
Hind, K
de Bell, S.
Lovell, R.
Abrahams, R.
Wheeler, B.W
SWEEP, University of Exeter
Hind, K., de Bell, S., Lovell, R., Abrahams, R., Wheeler, B.W. (2021) Evaluating interventions in green space: Derriford Community Park, Plymouth. SWEEP resource, produced as part of the Investing in Nature for Health project.
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