Chris Cares possesses a diverse background in public and private planning, starting in the 1970s with a master's in city planning from Harvard.
A founding partner of RRC Associates, he specializes in practical applications of research techniques including survey and qualitative research, modeling, and applied analysis to solve problems in city planning, administration, and business applications.
His particular area of specialization is parks and recreation needs assessments, and he has led over 100 community survey projects for GreenPlay.
Cares has overseen numerous community/citizen surveys for local communities throughout the United States, which provide input to parks, recreation, trails, open space, and planning needs assessments.
The results of these studies typically become incorporated into parks and open space master plans, or into other policy documents.
Cares has been instrumental in updating the survey and community engagement sections of the second and third editions of this guide.