PennPraxis' program evaluation practice is informed by the multi-disciplinary experience base of the Weitzman School's faculty and staff. Bringing training from the fields of design, econometrics, community engagement, data analysis and policy - the breadth of experience and depth of perspective allows Praxis to engage with a range of interesting projects. A multi-pronged, community-engaged research approach is frequently a part of any Praxis evaluation project, utilizing a broad set of strategies that include: in-person survey research, observational mapping, passive sensor data, open data exploration, spatial analytics, and focus groups. Praxis also engages in support of econometric evaluation research, especially that which involves the built environment or public policy.

Services include:
  • Best practices research
  • Intercept surveys
  • Program evaluation
  • Physical evaluation


Penn Bus West headed west on Walnut Street

Penn Bus East and West run on fixed routes in the evenings seven days a week (Photo credit: Penn FRES)

Commuting and long-distance travel are key contributors to the carbon footprint of the University of Pennsylvania.Understanding the travel choices that members of the Penn community make can allow the University to create programs to lessen Penn’s overall environmental impact and move towards Uni

Cartoon showing proposed design. Sections pointed out are: Food truck, Sandbox, Beer Garden, Yoga/ movie night

PennPraxis’ spatial analytics team developed software for documenting site usage and mapping spatial data for a variety of sites and questions.

A modernist house with a gravel walkway and bench in front

A PennPraxis team is developing a conservation management plan for the Miller House and Garden, an internationally renowned mid-century Modernist landmark in Columbus, Indiana. The house itself was designed by architect Eero Saarinen, with interiors designed by Alexander Girard.

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PennPraxis is at the international forefront of the emerging field of nightlife arts and culture planning. With formal and informal working relationships with “Night Mayors” in London, Amsterdam, New York, Berlin, and elsewhere, PennPraxis is helping to lead the cutting-edge thinking in this unusual and exciting field.

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In 2018, PennPraxis partnered with The Creative Footprint Project (CFP), a measurement and engagement project created by Mirik Milan, the former Night Mayor of Amsterdam, and Lutz Leichsenring of the Berlin Clubcommission.

 Partially destroyed church with fenced off region

The Historic Sacred Places Project created the first comprehensive, field-checked inventory of Philadelphia’s 842 purpose-built historic sacred places. PennPraxis’ field survey findings were published in The Pew Charitable Trusts’ 2017 report, Philadelphia Historic Sacred Places: Their Past, Present, and Future.

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PennPraxis conducted a survey-based evaluation process for the Infill Philadelphia: Sacred Places / Civic Spaces project, a partnership between the Community Design Collaborative and Partners for Sacred Places, with North 4th LLC as project managers.

Cover of Civic Infrastructure
Artwork by Andee Mazzocco, Saygrid

PennPraxis published a white paper that calls on practitioners, advocates, funders, designers, and others involved in civic asset redevelopment to think about the unfolding of projects at multiple scales (site, system and policy), over a longer timeframe, through an “ecosystem” lens highlighting the importance of partnerships.

People riding bicycles in front of a mural.

Philly Free Streets 2016. By Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

Held on September 24, 2016, Philadelphia's first Philly Free Streets temporarily closed streets to create a continuous, vehicle-free path from South Street to West Fairmount Park, designed to encourage free movement across neighborhoods.

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PennPraxis worked with the Fairmount Park Conservancy (FPC) on two long-term projects in conjunction with their Reimagining the Civic Commons (RCC) initiative, funded by the Knight Foundation and the William Penn Foundation

Spearheaded by PennDesign Associate Professor of Architecture Franca Trubiano, a coalition launched a project between 2013-2014 that would identify the type and scope of Building Information Modeling (BIM) resources that would affect future construction and management activities at the University of Pennsylvania.