Project: Evidence Base Review of ‘Better Use’ Scheme Evaluations

Reference: R213

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The main objectives of this work are:
- To systematically review and provide a synthesis of the existing evidence relating to evaluation of Better Use measures, including grey literature and international studies;
- To provide conclusions about the extent and robustness of the existing evaluation evidence base, with particular consideration to evidence about the following;
- Attribution of effects and impacts to schemes and components of schemes;
- Intended and unintended social, environmental and wider economic impacts of schemes;
- To conduct a gap analysis and identify and prioritise gaps in the evaluation evidence base;
- To provide recommendations to the Department about where it could best add value in commissioning a full evaluation of one or more types of Better Use measures.


The proposed work is to review the evaluation evidence relating to small scale schemes which make better use of the existing transport network, incorporating learnings from both the UK and international arenas. A key recommendation of the Eddington Transport Study was that DfT should prioritise the most effective policies, including those which make better use and increase capacity of the existing network. In not relying on new infrastructure, so called 'Better Use' measures can deliver quick wins, and provide high value for money in meeting social, economic and environmental priorities. However, the evidence base relating to the value and impacts of Better Use measures is patchy, and consequently, they are often not considered as part of the option-generation process.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £40,000.00

Actual start date: 31 October 2007

Actual completion date: 29 October 2009


Impacts of Better Use Transport Interventions: Review of the Evaluation Evidence Base
Author: Independent Social Research
Publication date: 02/11/2009
Source: DfT website
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