Measuring the Livability Framework

Minnesota Department of Transportation's (MnDOT’s) Livability Initiative developed the Livability Framework to help guide project development so that MnDOT Metro District delivers more livable projects. The Livability Framework consists of seven pillars: Health and Environment, Sense of Place, Trust, Equity, Economics, Connections, and Safety. The Office of Livability wants each of these pillars to be thoroughly considered and evaluated when planners, project managers, and others make decisions about transportation policies, programs, and/or projects. However, as these are broad concepts, more guidance is needed to effectively assess whether something is consistent with the intent. A more specific approach is necessary both to ensure a common understanding among stakeholders, as well as to promote accountability through effective performance management. To support this effort, the Office of Livability intends to create a Livability Measurement Tool (or Tools) that will help planners, project managers, and others understand the livability needs associated with transportation policies, programs, and/or projects, and determine what actions can address these needs. These tools will influence transportation decisions and investments. This current research effort will inform the scoping for the future tool development process. An initial step to developing this tool or tools is a summary of current best practices for how to measure livability. The team will assist with a deep literature analysis of research on measuring livability. The summary will cover policy-informed best practices for measuring livability and identify points of consensus, debates, and gaps in research on how to measure livability as MnDOT Metro District defines it.