Project: Surveying business attitudes to transport policies and their impact

Reference: R206

Last update: 31/01/2008 14:05:24


The primary objective of the study is:

i) To produce toolkits, including fully developed and tested questionnaire materials and guidance, for conducting robust and cost-effective quantitative surveys of business attitudes. An individual toolkit will be required for each of up to 3 policy areas.

A second objective, a decision on which will be made at a breakpoint following the development of the toolkits and survey instruments, is:

iii) To conduct a representative survey of business attitudes towards, and perceived impacts of, transport policy in one selected policy area (Optional).

The policy areas to be addressed within the research study will be agreed with the successful contractor at an inception meeting at the outset of the project.


The Department for Transport (DfT) wishes to commission research to help it provide guidance on the measurement of business attitudes towards key transport policy areas.

This study will build upon recent DfT research that explored the feasibility of conducting quantitative surveys of businesses operating within England and Wales. This new study will provide web-based toolkits for use in conducting local and national surveys of business attitudes to key areas of transport policy. The toolkits will provide clear guidance on conducting such surveys and would be intended primarily for use by non-social research specialists within the Department or Local Authorities. Each toolkit would also include fully tested survey instruments.

The contract would include an option of conducting a full survey to investigate business attitudes in relation to a selected policy area. This survey, if conducted, would directly contribute to the evidence base.


Faber Maunsell
Lynnfield House, Chrurch Street, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4DZ
+ 44 (0)161 927 8397

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £263,343.00

Actual start date: 21 December 2007

Expected completion date: 30 September 2009