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Small and local scheme assessment. Final workshop of the DISTILLATE programme Great Minster House, London Tuesday 22 nd January 2008 Matthew Page ITS, University of Leeds. Objectives. Overall Project G objective:

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small and local scheme assessment

Small and local scheme assessment

Final workshop of the DISTILLATE programme

Great Minster House, London

Tuesday 22nd January 2008

Matthew Page

ITS, University of Leeds

objectives
Objectives
  • Overall Project G objective:
  • To develop appraisal methods which reflect the requirements of sustainability
  • Small and local scheme assessment:
  • Methods for appraising small schemes
  • Looking at the inconsistencies between targets and appraisal:
  • Appraisal methods and sustainability
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Small and local scheme assessment

Motivation came from local authority requirements:

  • Proper assessment of small (non major) schemes
    • prioritisation
    • analysis
    • assessment of behavioural and attitudinal measures
      • publicity campaigns
      • intensive marketing
      • targeted travel advice
  • Assessment against targets/indicators (not formal appraisal)
  • Transparent process
    • A number of methods had been developed for individual authorities but worked as a black box
  • Authorities wanted a decision support tool NOT a decision making tool
methodology
Methodology

The tool is an (Excel based) assessment matrix with the following stages:

1. Select indicators to be included in assessment

2. Weight the indicators on a scale of importance to the LA (1-5)

3. Assess the impact of each proposed scheme against the indicators (scale -3 to + 3)

4. Score = ∑importance*impact score for all indicators for each scheme

5. Estimate cost of scheme

6. Compare score and cost across all potential schemes

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Use
  • The tool can be used to:
    • Compare individual schemes
    • Compare packages of schemes
    • Provide a quick NATA style assessment using the NATA indicators
  • Pick lists of indicators to select from are provided from a range of sources e.g.BVPI, Local Area Agreement, quality of life
  • Can tailor indicators to the scenario
  • It produces a total score against the selected indicators which can be compared with the estimated cost of the scheme (s)
looking at the inconsistencies between targets and appraisal
Looking at the inconsistencies between targets and appraisal

Motivation came from local authority concerns:

  • Formal appraisal (NATA) as a barrier to the delivery of sustainable transport schemes
  • Role of appraisal in decision making
  • Particular concerns:
    • Importance of travel time savings (and treatment of fuel duty)
    • Value for Money and achievement of objectives
exploration of the issues
Exploration of the issues
  • Partly looking at the political and practical issues around appraisal
  • What should the relationship be between appraisal, VfM, and the choice of schemes to deliver policy?
    • the potential inconsistences between appraisal/VfM and “policy fit” (or achievement of targets)
nottingham turning point
Nottingham Turning Point
  • “ticked all the boxes” in terms of policy (good “policy fit”)
  • Poor VfM (BCR -1.65)
  • Built despite this

Widely regarded as a successful scheme

addressing the problem
Addressing the problem
  • Review of possible approaches:
    • Aligning the indicators used, their relative weights and the target values with the criteria used in appraisal
    • Setting targets to be consistent with the outcome of an appraisal of a complete strategy to achieve sustainability objectives
  • The aim will be to increase the consistency and transparency with which decision making is carried out and raise awareness of this important issue

No easy answers!

questions
Questions?

Contact

Matthew Page

Institute for Transport Studies

[email protected]

Tel: 0113 343 1789

www.distillate.ac.uk

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