Learning from the lived experiences of pedestrians
News: See an example of putting QPED to use. Research using QPED published in Journal of Transport and Health (open access).
News: QPED toolkit training workshop at Transportation and Communities Summit in Portland, Oregon Sept. 20, 2019.
What is QPED?
The Qualitative Pedestrian Environments Data (QPED) Toolkit helps communities and decision makers better understand neighborhood walkability from the perspective of a different kind of expert -- the people out walking in their communities -- through brief structured on-street interviews.
QPED is a simple, modifiable, and powerful toolkit of community engagement and data collection tools, protocols, and trainings for use by researchers, agencies, and community organizations. The tools are designed to help users identify holistic strategies for improving neighborhood walkability in different community contexts.
QPED was developed at The University of Arizona in collaboration with Living Streets Alliance and with support from the CDC's Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN+) and the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC).
Start Using QPED in your Community
Access the QPED Toolkit here. The Toolkit includes On-Street Interview Guide (English and Spanish), Data Collection Manual, Training Materials, and Data Entry Template. You will be asked to register before downloading. This helps our team and our funders track the impact of our work, including where and how QPED is being used. We may send you an occasional email asking how you've used QPED in your community or how the toolkit could be improved.