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Can the impact on health of a government policy designed to create more liveable neighbourhoods be evaluated? an overview of the RESIDential Environment Project
journal contributionposted on 2007-01-01, 00:00 authored by B Giles-Corti, M Knuiman, T Pikora, K Van Neil, Anna TimperioAnna Timperio, F Bull, T Shilton, M Bulsara
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.