Project: Development of an Evaluation Approach for ‘Better Use’ Schemes

Reference: R214

Last update: 06/04/2010 17:13:54

Objectives

The main objectives of this work are:
- To develop a typology of Better Use measures;
- To develop a framework for robust and proportional evaluation of Better Use measures, covering both process and impact evaluation, considering the following:
- Evaluation objectives and research questions;
- Evaluation and scheme stakeholders;
- Evaluation design for different scheme types/contexts, and analytical framework;
- Evaluation data collection;
- Evaluation timescales and management;
- To investigate the feasibility of conducting a full evaluation for Better Use measures.

Description

The proposed work is a scoping study to develop a methodology and investigate feasibility for conducting evaluations of small scale schemes which make better use of the existing transport network. 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.

Contractor(s)

Faber Maunsell
Bush House, Prince Street, Bristol, UK, BS1 4QD

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £70,000.00

Actual start date: 26 October 2007

Actual completion date: 14 September 2009

Publication(s)

Evaluation of Better Use Interventions: Evaluation Framework Report
Author: Aecom
Publication date: 02/11/2009
Source: DfT website
More information: http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/evaluation/evaluationguidance/existingnetworks/

Summary of results

  1. The evaluation framework was developed in recognition of the need for a consistent approach for obtaining evidence, and attributing impacts to specific transport interventions. It has been designed primarily to be used in comprehensive evaluations commissioned by DfT, which aim to address key gaps in the evidence base. The evaluation framework is currently being used to this effect in an evaluation of the Cycling City and Towns programme.