Puyallup Longhouse, Tacoma, Washington
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SEED Evaluator 3.0

Guided by Ethics, Framed by Community Values

Quantitative and Qualitative Measures

The quantitative and qualitative measures developed within each SEED® project submission are context-dependent, always derived from SEED's five principles and mission statement. These measures serve as a guide to indicate what goals a project achieves throughout the design and implementation processes. The measures further serve as a threshold — no SEED Principles will be violated during the project — as well as a means to define success as determined by each community for each project. This is a contextually relevant, from the bottom-up decision making process, not a numerical measurement based on a top-down pre-determined set of rules.

Benefits

There are four benefits of using the SEED Evaluator:

  1. Process: Provides a step-by step process for designers and communities to assess challenges, define priorities, set goals, and create design projects to address critical social, economic, and environmental issues.
  2. Participation: The Evaluator functions as an on-line communication platform that can include multiple stakeholders and diverse community members in the process. Broad and diverse participation in a project is a requirement of the SEED Evaluator for a project to be determined as in the public's interest.
  3. Transparency: Progress towards success can be tracked on-line and in real time. The results of the project are made publicly visible in achieving these goals or not.
  4. Accountability: The SEED Evaluator tool provides a "proof of concept" that goals were viable and appropriate for the community served, and at the end of a project provides a certification that goals were met.

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