Post-occupancy Evaluation for People with Disability

Built and technology design evaluation at RIPL Project One.

post occupancy evaluation
Panorama overlays show key elements of residents’ experiences including the extent of comfortable reach, zones of extended inhabitation, and key spaces of support provision. Interactive hotspots provide more detail and refer viewers to the relevant section of the main report document

“I am truly excited by this work that will translate and disseminate broadly across the disability sector (and beyond) to have a profound impact. This will give individuals, organisations, policy-makers and so many other groups such useful evidence and recommendations to shape the future of work in this space and to empower informed decision-making and choice.” – Gulsun Ali, Program Manager, ISCRR

This project developed a tailored evaluation of the designed environment and residents’ experiences at RIPL’s first supported accommodation project. The research team identified 8 criteria and 30 sub-criteria from stakeholder interviews and review of scheme and construction documentation. A balance of published measures and customized approaches informed investigation of enablers and limitations, and details of residents’ experiences in the new development. Project findings are presented in an interactive pdf document that focuses on the sub/criteria, evaluations and evidence. The research team also designed and produced navigable panoramas to represent occupied spaces with situated research findings, bringing together detailed analysis and spatial experiences. This approach has provided a rich and accessible set of examples and a supporting evidence base that is valuable for many audiences. These will include people with disability and their families, allied health professionals, and designers and key stakeholders involved in future supported accommodation developments.

Libby Callaway, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Kate Tregloan

Research team members
Byron Meyer
Rebecca Wood
Natalie Iannello

Funded by
The Transport Accident Commission, through the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR).

Thank you
Barney Meyer,
A/Professor Gavin Williams, Epworth Rehabilitation
Dr Ross Clark, Australian Catholic University
Astrid Reynolds, Summer Foundation Ltd
Sophie Ryan, Summer Foundation Ltd
A/Professor Karen Stagnitti, Deakin University
Johanne Walker, Deakin University
Paul Marcolin, Spike Creative
Monash Architecture Studio

Panoramas include an ‘apartment view’ showing a virtual model of the space with de-identified furnishings. They also indicate main circulation routes and the equipment controlled by assistive technology systems

Development of panoramas has provided easily navigable environments that bring together details of the designed environment and resident experiences, along with investigation and evaluation of these elements

Criteria Overview presents the 8 criteria and 30 sub-criteria identified for the project, and indicates final evaluation ratings

Customised mapping approaches included residents’ access and reach in their furnished apartments