Originally in 2015, NHS Health Scotland, Architecture and Design Scotland, Glasgow City Council and Scottish Government developed a participation-oriented survey instrument with the possibility of evaluating their own living environment called "Place Standard Tool" and piloted it between 2016 and 2017. In the years that followed, the original instrument was then adapted and used in the Netherlands and North Macedonia, most recently in Spain in autumn of last year.
From July to November 2020, the instrument of the "StadtRaumMonitor” is to be used and tested here in Germany for the first time. This is realized in a total of 4 pilot municipalities by the cities of Eschweiler and Bochum (NRW) as well as Plochingen (Baden-Württemberg), the municipality of Aidlingen, the districts of Böblingen and Esslingen (BW) and the StädteRegion Aachen.
The Piloting of the StadtRaumMonitor – “How liveable do I find my environment?” is realised within the framework of a cooperation of the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) with the State Health Office of Baden-Württemberg and the State Center for Health North Rhine-Westphalia, and with the kind support of the cities of Bochum, Eschweiler and Plochingen, the municipality of Aidlingen, the districts of Böblingen and Esslingen as well as the StädteRegion Aachen.
The overall context of corresponding concepts and pilot projects in the individual EU countries is an EU project to implement measures to promote equal opportunities for health and ensure a healthy living environment in Europe.
Specifically, in Germany, according to the current country report (written by the Federal Center for Health Education/BZgA), there is development potential in municipalities with regard to instruments for participation-oriented needs assessment for municipal health promotion or health-promoting community development. At the same time, it is assumed that general health prevention and promotion is difficult due to the existing diversity of life situations, resources and lifestyles, which is why a differentiated, participative approach, initiation of measures and development of appropriate instruments are advisable.