Can the impact on health of a government policy designed to create more liveable neighbourhoods be evaluated? an overview of the RESIDential Environment Project

Giles-Corti, Billie, Knuiman, Matthew, Pikora, Terri J., Van Neil, Kimberly, Timperio, Anna, Bull, Fiona L.C., Shilton, Trevor and Bulsara, Max 2007, Can the impact on health of a government policy designed to create more liveable neighbourhoods be evaluated? an overview of the RESIDential Environment Project, N.S.W. public health bulletin, vol. 18, no. 11 - 12, pp. 238-242.

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Title Can the impact on health of a government policy designed to create more liveable neighbourhoods be evaluated? an overview of the RESIDential Environment Project
Author(s) Giles-Corti, Billie
Knuiman, Matthew
Pikora, Terri J.
Van Neil, Kimberly
Timperio, Anna
Bull, Fiona L.C.
Shilton, Trevor
Bulsara, Max
Journal name N.S.W. public health bulletin
Volume number 18
Issue number 11 - 12
Start page 238
End page 242
Publisher Department of Health, N.S.W.
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1034-7674
1444-8262
Summary There is growing interest in the impact of community design on the health of residents. In 1998, the Western Australian Government began a trial of new subdivision design codes (i.e. Liveable Neighbourhoods Community Design Code) aimed at creating pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods to increase walking, cycling and public transport use. The trial provided a unique opportunity for a natural experiment to evaluate the impact of a government planning policy on residents. Nevertheless, evaluations of this kind present a number of methodological challenges in obtaining the highest quality evidence possible. This paper describes the RESIDential Environment Project’s study design and discusses how various methodological challenges were overcome.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, CSIRO
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021940

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