Project: Process and Impact Evaluation of Accessibility Planning

Reference: R219

Last update: 19/11/2008 14:26:38

Objectives

The main aims of this project are;
To conduct a full process and impact evaluation of Accessibility Planning including;
- In conjunction with the Department, to develop outcome measures for improvements in accessibility
Process;
- To examine the sorts of processes that lead to good outcomes.
- To assess whether the processes put in place to deliver Accessibility Planning are/were effective in achieving what they set out to (eg steps in analysis, recording tools, team structures/resources)
- to assess whether the guidance issued by DfT was effective in enabling delivery of Accessiblity Planning as it has intended.
- To examine the lessaons learnt with regard to Accessibility Planning implementation.
Impact;
- To assess what types of local initiatives have been most successful in improving accessibility to different types of key services (including jobs)
- To assess "what works" and why in terms of improving accessibiltiy for different social groups or for different types of accessibility "problems".
- To assess whether there are any lessons learnt about how to develop and implement Accessibility Planning strategies and individual initiatives so that outcomes are successful.

Description

This is an important strategic evaluation because the Department is seeking to review how to achieve it's social objective in a post-Eddington and TaSTS context and in relation to future social and economic changes (e.g. an ageing population). The Department also needs to provide feedback to local areas on how to improve future accessibility strategies and to share best practice.
It is important to ensure we have robust data on how Accessibility Planning works in practice, what the impact has been and whether Accessibility Planning is the best way of achieving our policy objectives including TaSTS. For example, we need to understand what sorts of transport related initiatives work in improving access to defferent types of key services and jobs in reducing social exclusion. We also need to understand how and why they work.
There will be a set of outcome measures for improvements in Accessibility. Reports updating progress and providing conclusions and recommendations from process and impact evaluations.

Contractor(s)

Atkins Transport Group
Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road, London, NW1 3AT

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £806,110.00

Actual start date: 01 October 2008

Actual completion date: 30 April 2012