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Pre-Conference Workshop: Evidence-Based Design Fundamentals – Using Research to Maximize Outcomes.

When: March 17, 2024
Time: 1:00pm Pacific
Duration: 4 Hours
Where: PDC Summit, San Diego, California United States
Price: $295


The Center for Health Design is now a Strategic Educational Collaborator and Supporting Organization for the annual PDC Summit.

At this year’s Summit The Center will produce and present a pre-conference evidence-based design workshop and a 12-session educational track – Research, Design and Outcomes – featuring recent work from The Center’s research team; Aging, Behavioral Health, Pediatric and Built Environment Networks; the HERD Journal, AAHID and other familiar and new healthcare design industry leaders. 

You’ll find these sessions here on the PDC Summit website – click on the Category drop-down menu and select The Center for Health Design Sessions.


  • “What is evidence-based design (EBD)?”
  • “How can it improve health, safety and business outcomes?”
  • “What do I need to know to start using EBD in my practice or on my next project?” 

This interactive, four-hour, pre-conference workshop will provide you with an introduction to an Evidence-Based Design (EBD) process and offer practical guidance to get you started. Using a blend of educational content and experiential activities, this workshop will teach you about the EBD process, how to find and apply research to determine design interventions and strategies, and how to gather data to evaluate and continuously improve your outcomes. 

As financial pressures and performance expectations increase, new healthcare construction and major renovation projects are challenged to justify the project and demonstrate effectiveness and return on investment after completion.

To support healthcare executives in making the business case for their design and construction decisions, there exists a vast and growing body of knowledge that links the design of the physical environment with a wide range of measurable improvements.

By applying an evidence-based design process, health systems can maximize their capital investment by quantifiably improving patient safety, quality, and satisfaction, enhancing workforce recruitment and retention and producing a multi-year return on investment.

Attendees will receive an EBD Toolkit to prepare you to be a better client or partner. Project examples that illustrate the application of and the business case for using the EBD process in a variety of settings will also be shared.


Exclusive Offer for All Affiliate Members

All Center for Health Design Affiliate members receive a $200 discount on 2024 PDC Summit registration. Contact us for discount code and more information.


Learning Objectives

  • Learn why and how to apply an evidence-based design process.
  • Explore how to find and evaluate research to inform your design decisions.
  • Identify resources that can assist you in applying evidence-based design.
  • Understand how to build a business case to achieve a multi-year return on investment. 


Presenting Faculty

Barry S. Rabner
Board Chair, The Center for Health Design
Former President and CEO of Penn Medicine Princeton Health


Ellen Taylor, PhD, AIA, MBA, EDAC
Vice President for Research
The Center for Health Design


Donna Deckard, BSN, MPA, EDAC
Director of Strategic Projects
The Center for Health Design


Colonel Richard C. Evors
Chief of Transition and Innovation for the Facilities Enterprise at the Defense Health Agency
Deputy Chief Capital Strategy Management Branch