22NTC Session: Digital Inclusion
Designing a Placemaking Framework to Visualize Digital Equity Program Impact
Submitted by: Julia Vallera | Libraries Without Borders


Data collection and analysis should be at the center of any program. But how do we design the framework to inform what data we collect? Placemaking principles (typically used for urban planning) can be a great place to start because they offer a foundation for enhancing community well-being by reimagining existing spaces. Drawing from years of experience implementing collaborative design methodologies, I will demonstrate how to create a customized set of placemaking principles that can guide the design and implementation of a digital equity program.  I will also introduce a step-by-step process I’ve used for co-designing metrics and evaluation criteria that showcase how physical and virtual spaces are promoting equitability, access, and functionality.

Session Type

30 minute session

Learning Outcomes

  • How to co-design a placemaking framework to ensure the quality and impact of digital equity programs.
  • How to assess the effectiveness of a placemaking intervention based on metrics and principles outlined in the rubric.
  • How to showcase assessment results in a data visualization.

Target Audience

People who are designing programs, assessing the quality of programs, or creating reports that showcase the impact programs have.


March 23, 2022


11:15am – 11:45am PST