Lisa Abendroth and Bryan Bell, co-founders of SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) have shared as essay on SEED evaluation and certification as part of their larger Public Interest Design Guidebook: SEED Methodology, Case Studies, and Critical Issues.
“Evaluation involves a detailed assessment of project results based on benchmarks and performance measures embedded in the design process. Evaluation is the translation of project plan or program successes, failures, and challenges. Designers, communities, stakeholders, funders, and clients all have a need to assess the outcome of design work, just as clients and communities have a need to assess how goals were achieved for purposes of defining community benchmarks and working together toward common goals.”
The SEED Evaluator provides a road map, a directional pointer that can indicate vital strengths and weaknesses.
To read the full essay check out chapter 9 of Public Interest Design Guidebook