Research and evaluation provide a quantitative and qualitative set of data that inform design responses. An understanding of the implications of this data grounds landscapes for healing and sustainability in studies that associate specific design features with beneficial outcomes for people and nature. These studies include research on the correlation between environmental design and health, ecological, cultural, and cost benefits. Research also includes Post-Occupancy Evaluations on user responses to built projects. A documentation and analysis of user patterns, surveys, and landscape features ensure that the design intention fulfills its long-term goals and informs future landscapes.
In order to share our research references and observations, SPROUT posts collected information as “white papers” and post-occupancy evaluations. These documents enrich our designs and provide valuable information for designers and clients on improving sustainable practices and the environment of care.