The Department’s evaluation team is part of Social Research and Evaluation division, based within the Transport Analysis and Economics Directorate. We work across a wide range of strategic and cross-cutting policy areas. Our main responsibility is to develop and implement the Department’s evaluation strategy.
We undertake transport evaluations and review current evidence
The evaluation team at DfT manages key and cross cutting evaluations of strategically important transport policies. Our evaluations cover both the impacts and processes of transport; to understand how different transport initiatives achieve outcomes. The team also commissions evidence based reviews to ensure existing evidence is used in transport policy making.
We work with policy and analytical colleagues to ensure that lessons learned from transport evaluations are used in policy making and transport appraisal processes,
We produce evaluation guidance
We also provide evaluation advice to Departmental colleagues and Local Authorities designing and delivering schemes. We ourselves design evaluations for particularly innovative or complex transport programmes which pose particular challenges. Examples include guidance for the evaluation of road pricing schemes, and schemes that make better use of our existing transport capacity.
We develop innovative evaluation methods
We work in conjunction with outside evaluation experts to improve transport evaluation methodologies - ensuring best practice in policy evaluation, and understanding how best to use evaluation evidence in appraisal methods and policy delivery.
We communicate transport evaluation
Transport evaluation has many stakeholders, including DfT, local authorities, evaluators, transport engineers and planners, and the wider public. The evaluation team communicates and disseminates the current best practice in transport evaluation, the department’s evaluation requirements, and the latest evidence from transport evaluation; all of which can be found on the DfT evaluation website.
Evaluation guidance and frameworks
The Department has written guidance to help local authorities and evaluators evaluate transport schemes. Some transport programmes or schemes, for a variety of reasons, have alternative or more detailed evaluation requirements, or both.
- Guidance for transport impact evaluations: choosing an evaluation approach to achieve better attribution, 17 March 2010
- Logic mapping: hints and tips guide, 26 October 2010
- Evaluating Transport Schemes which make Better Use of the Existing Network
- Evaluating Productivity Impacts of Transport
Findings from evaluations commissioned and managed by the Department’s evaluation team
- Policy Hub - Evaluating Policy - Guidance on the role of evaluation in policy making.
- Government Social Research - Government Social Research Unit’s website
- Magenta Book - The Government Social Research Unit’s guidance notes on policy evaluation.
- United Kingdom Evaluation Society - Website provides information about the activities of the United Kingdom Evaluation Society and news about other evaluation activities, jobs, contracts, events, and resources in the UK and internationally.
- Campbell Collaboration - A collaboration of social scientists promoting the use of evidence in policy making.
- Evaluation at the Research Methods Knowledge Base - Introduction to evaluation and its role in decision making.
- Highways Agency - Search their website for examples of the Post Opening Project Evaluation (POPE) methodology
DfT Evaluation Team
4/16 Great Minster House
76 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DR