School Environment Assessment Tool (SEAT)



The School Environment Assessment Tool (SEAT) helps communities assess the strengths and limitations of the area around a school to determine how consistent it is with walking and biking.

Unlike other assessment tools, SEAT is designed with a dual emphasis on data collection and facilitation of community organizing and capacity building. SEAT uses sophisticated geographic information system software, but is easy to use for all skill levels and works on handheld computers. 


Data collected with SEAT is meant to be shared in a workshop format attended by a cross-section of community members with an interest in creating pedestrian-friendly areas around schools. The benefits of this approach are:


1) Community stakeholders are able to collect data themselves and remain directly involved in the project.


2) Data collection in a direct-GIS format reduces data entry error.


3) Map and data analysis can be conducted the same day data is collected.


4) Resulting maps can be used by the community to target appropriate walking interventions or communicate their needs to city/state officials.


SEAT was developed by Prof. Marc Schlossberg Associate Professor for UO's Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM) and Associate Director of Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC)


Visit Prof. Schlossberg's website for more information about his research.



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For Information, Contact:
Chuck Williams
University of Oregon
Marc Schlossberg
Information Technology
Research Tools - Education