Beginning in June of 2019, Rivera Consulting Inc. conducted a mixed-methods evaluation assessment of the ULI Boston/New England Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) program. Since 2002, the District Council had engaged in 50 TAPs spanning urban, suburban, and rural municipalities across New England, with the vast majority occurring in Massachusetts.
ULI and its members have been asked to study and offer recommendations on some of the most pressing challenges to municipal land-use and economic development strategies of today. In an intensive one- to two-day multidisciplinary engagement, community stakeholders of diverse backgrounds come together with ULI to offer their perspectives on issues as finite as sidewalk curb design to the seemingly infinite obstacles of the affordable housing crisis and climate change mitigation.
This assessment set out to design and enact a methodological framework to measure the impact of the TAP program upon participants and desired municipal outcomes. As communities continue to contend with an ever changing and challenging economic and developmental landscape, understanding the impact and role of an organization like ULI Boston/New England can set the stage for improved municipal development practices.
Please access the report in the PDF file below!