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Is the work done better, more comfortably, more economically?

Evaluation is important when adopting new accommodations. Beforehand, to see how the current situation is experienced, and if any lessons may be applied to the design of the new accommodations. And after adoption of the new accommodations, to see if the implementation is a success and if any adjustments are needed. It's also smart to check the accommodations' performance periodically, e.g. every five years, in order to make informed interim adjustments if needed.

A workplace analysis by CfPB usually starts with quantitative measurements. A Workplace Perception Study catalogs employees' opinions of their work environment. Which aspects are they (dis)satisfied with, and how well does the work environment support work processes? CfPB utilizes the integrated, science-based Work Environment Diagnosis Instrument (WODI); a questionnaire about the perception and use of the work environment. Space Utilization Measurements reveal how well the mix of (activity-based) workplaces match the performed activities and if the accommodations are used efficiently. Supplementary Interviews and/or Observation further elucidate measurement results.  

Besides workplace analysis, CfPB evaluates the results as related to goals and ambitions. Here, the focus is on how well the goals have been met, and to what extent the final execution has contributed positively to ambitions and work processes.

General Research

The research results are kept in CfPB's databases, always in anonymous form. Cross-case analyses of the database increase general knowledge.