Social research and evaluation
The work of SRE is cross-cutting and so covers a wide range of DfT policy areas. We work with -and our research complements that of- the Department's economists, statisticians, operational researchers and scientists. Our role includes commissioning, managing and conducting high quality social research and policy evaluation, and advising staff across DfT.
Social research generates data and analysis using the methods of social science such as social surveys, focus groups, in-depth interviews, case studies and innovative methods such as deliberative research. In addition to these methods, policy evaluation also involves cost-benefit analyses, and measures the delivery of policies and initiatives against objectives. This enables DfT to better understand policy impacts and outcomes, and lessons learned can then be applied to improve DfT policies and services in the future.
Information about our research programme, including planned research is available from The Strategy, Economics and Mobility Unit Evidence and Research Strategy.
This report summarises findings from qualitative research into passenger and stakeholder perceptions of rail passenger security screening. The study followed enhancements to the British Transport Police’s (BTP) explosives screening capability in National Rail and London Underground stations. The research was carried out by Ipsos MORI.
The Department for Transport is in the process of improving its appraisal guidance to better capture the social and distributional impacts (SDIs) of transport schemes. This work has increased our understanding of the issues that appraisal guidance needs to capture. This report presents the findings from the final phase of the research programme to enable SDIs to be better reflected in the Department's appraisal system.
- 29 March 2010
Assessing The Future of Air Transport White Paper as a strategic framework for sustainable development
A report summarising findings from research on The Future of Air Transport White Paper (2003). This qualitative study aimed to understand stakeholder perceptions of the strategic framework that the White Paper provided for airport development. It also investigated what influence airport master plans have had on airport development processes. The research was carried out by Ipsos MORI and the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS).
Four groups of experts were asked to consider how DfT could best engage different types of people and businesses in thinking about changing their transport behaviours.
- 20 January 2010
The report provides feedback from the Citizens' Panel on a range of issues in relation to motorways, including: their experiences of motorway driving, experiences of congestion, and their attitudes to a range of measures for reducing congestion, such as use of the hard shoulder, motorway widening and toll lanes.
- 25 June 2009
As part of wider work to better understand and take account of the views of businesses, DfT commissioned a review of existing UK research evidence on private sector business attitudes to transport.
The following content is available from the Department for Transport web archive .
- Assessing Social and Distributional Impacts in Transport
- DfT Citizen's Panel: Delivering a Sustainable Transport System (Wave 3)
- Exploring public attitudes to climate change and travel choices: deliberative research
- The needs, attitudes and travel behaviours of teleworkers
- The travel needs of low income households: the role of the car: Full report (PDF - 380 KB)
- Understanding airport passenger experience (PDF - 907KB)
- DfT Citizen's Panel: Public Attitudes to Transport (PDF - 1228 KB)
- DfT Citizen's Panel: Towards a Sustainable Transport System (Wave 2)
- Exploring public attitudes to personal carbon dioxide emission information
- Perception of congestion on motorways(PDF - 1792 KB)
- Public acceptability of road pricing
- Public attitudes to Transport: Knowledge review of existing evidence (PDF - 1311 KB)
- Travel behaviour, experiences and aspirations of disabled people
- Understanding public attitudes to new technologies:summary report
- Evidence base review on mobility: Choices and barriers for different social groups
- Understanding the social and distributional impacts of road pricing
- Understanding the travel aspirations, needs and behaviour of young adults
- Understanding the travel needs, behaviour and aspirations of people in later life
- Options for monitoring public attitudes to transport issues
- Research Findings: Attitudes to Transport Security After Jul 05 London Bombings
- A review of public attitudes to climate change and transport: summary report
- An evidence base review of public attitudes to climate change and transport behaviour - Full report (PDF - 2048 KB)
- Feasibility Study on the Ex-Post Evaluation of Trunk Road Schemes
- Review of social research in DfT
- Understanding Community Severance I: Views of Practitioners and Communities (PDF - 510 KB)
- Understanding Community Severance II: Monetisation of Severance impacts (PDF - 160 KB)
- Evidence-Base Review - Attitudes to Road Pricing (DOC - 835KB)
- The Importance of Transport in Business' Location Decisions
- The Integration of Regional Transport Strategies with Spatial Planning Policies
- Local Strategic Partnerships, Transport & Accessibility Issues Paper
- Public attitudes to road pricing in the UK: a qualitative study (DOC - 568 KB)
- Road User Charging - Pricing Structures (DOC - 261 KB)
- The Role of Transport in City Competitiveness
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