Project: Advice and Assessment of Congestion TIF Bids

Reference: R247

Last update: 15/08/2013 16:29:32

Objectives

The consultants will be required to provide ad hoc expert advice on the following;
- Advice to LAs (via SRE as necessary) on a wide range of sampling and analytical issues for their local household surveys including providing advice to enable LAs to produce good quality survey specififcations and to enable them to critically assess tenderer's / survey contractors's sample design and statistical analysis techniques.
- Advice on a wide range of design, sampling and analytical issues for household surveys.
- Advice on research design, conduct and analysis of qualitative research.
- Providing advice (via SRE as necessary) to assist LAs in producing the social and distributional impacts report and ensuring social and distributional impacts have been considered for each complementary measure and the overall package.
- Updating written guidance on a wide range of household survey sampling and analytical issues may be needed. NB. Guidance may be published on the DfT website alongside other DfT guidance on TIF business case development.
The consultants will be required to provide assistance to SRE in the assessment of the social and distributional analysis contained within TIF bids. This will include the following:
- Produce summaries of social and distributional impacts evidence and provide an initial assessment (for SRE) of how well the WebTAG guidance has been followed, particularly whether the research questions have been answered for the overall proposal and schemes.
- Provide an assessment for the overall bid and individual business cases and the (for SRE) in terms of the robustness of the methodology used in the social and distributional impacts report and supporting analyses.
- Evaluate the interpretation of the findings presented in the overall bid and supporting business cases and documents and provide an assessment of how well this has been done.
- Contribute to updating of written guidance on a wide range of household survey sampling and analytical issues may be needed.
N.B. Guidance may be published on the DfT website alongside other DfT guidance on TIF business case development.

Description

The DfT wishes to commission consultants to provide avice on the use of social research to take into account potential social and distributional impacts as part of tcongestion Transport Innovation Fund (TIF) bids. Advice will need to be in line wih DfT guidance on "Measuring the Social and Distributional Impacts of Road Pricing Schemes" (WebTAG 3.12.4). The Department also wishes to commission consultatnts to assist in assessing evidence provided by TIF bidders on the social and distributional impacts of congestion TIF packages. Advice and assessments are required for up to six LAs conducting surveys and submitting bids in 2008 - 10.
Outputs;
- Advice provided to LAs on producing the social and distributional impacts report
- Summary assessments of the overall bids, supporting documents, and social and distributional impacts report provided to SRE to assist in assessing bids.
- Recommendations for updating the WebTAG guidance on "measuring scoial and distributional impacts of road pricing schemes"

Contractor(s)

Faber Maunsell
Knowles House, 49 High Street, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1RN

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £50,000.00

Expected start date: 01 August 2008

Expected completion date: 01 August 2010