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Post-occupancy evaluation: an environment-behaviour technique for assessing the built environment.


Author: Cooper, B., Ahrentzen, S., Hasselkus, B.
Year: 1991
Type: Journal Article


This paper reviews the development, structure and process of post-occupancy evaluation (POE) as an environment-behaviour approach to assessing built environments of all sizes and types. It illustrates the use of POEs with 3 examples from the Health Care sector: The Canadian Hospital Evaluation Program, the Weiss Institute, and 18 independent-living apartment units. A comparison is made between POEs and the approach currently used by occupational therapists (OT) for environmental assessments. Recommendations suggest that OTs approach could be extended and strengthened through 1) incorporating POE methods and existing data from environment behaviour studies 2) the use of standard assessment procedures and well-validated measures and 3) the development of a data bank on OT environmental assessments.

Further Details

Publish Dates October 1991
Pages 181-188
Volume 58
Issue 4
Accession Number 20.11.02
Keywords North America, assessment

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