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RFP: Consultant to Conduct an Evidence Review on the Impact of Greenspace and Health, Health Public Policy Directorate of Toronto Public Health

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline September 23, 2013
 
The purpose of this RFP is to select a Vendor to conduct an evidence review/assessment of the characteristics of green space that support health and how best to maximize the health benefits of green space in Toronto. This will include identifying aspects, characteristics and types of green space that protect and promote health in varied types of neighbourhoods (including urban, suburban and vertical).

The project will be conducted for the Health Public Policy Directorate of Toronto Public Health (TPH). The results of this review will serve as important input into policy recommendations, responses and solutions associated with the use of green space in Toronto to facilitate good health and/or prevent adverse health outcomes.

The City’s range in budget for this project is between $25,000 and $30,000. Please note that this amount is only an approximation and does not reflect the total amount that will be paid to any Vendor. This amount is for information only and should not form the basis of any submission.

The completion date of this project is expected to be February 28, 2014.
 
Scope of work:

The objective of this project is to describe the aspects, characteristics and types of green space that protect and promote health in urban/high density areas, through the process of an evidence review and assessment. The results of this review will serve as important input into policy recommendations, responses and solutions associated with the planning, design and use of green space in Toronto to facilitate good health.

This project will identify:

  1. the range of green space types, characteristics and features which can influence health outcomes in an urban environment and to specify what health outcomes are associated with each;
  2. the range of options for how green space is integrated into a dense environment and if there are differing health outcomes for different options;
  3. health trade-offs between green space types if they exist;
  4. the health impacts of varying levels of green space engagement and experience, i.e. how does living near a green space have an impact on health compare with directly exercising or playing in a green space;
  5. benefits and limitations of green space for residents in different types of neighbourhoods, i.e. is there a greater impact of green space on health in downtown, apartment tower neighbourhoods that in less dense areas; and
  6. potential adverse impacts of green space that need to be taken into consideration.

For the full RFP document, please visit https://wx.toronto.ca/inter/pmmd/calls.nsf/0/E7409F8A77EFACA985257BDC004....