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Transport social research and evaluation

Social research and evaluation reports, guidance and toolkits which help shape policy and operational delivery across the Department for Transport.

Government social researchers provide fit-for-purpose, timely evidence and technical expertise on social and behavioural aspects of transport to inform policy and operational delivery across the Department for Transport (DfT) and its agencies.

Social research generates data and analysis using the methods of social science such as:

  • social surveys
  • focus groups
  • in-depth interviews
  • case studies
  • deliberative research

All the social research we do follows the government social research (GSR) code set out in the Government social research: profession strategy 2015 to 2020.

The DfT social and behavioural research team also provides advice and expertise in the application of behavioural insights to policy and operations. Behavioural insights is a branch of social science that explains how people make decisions and how this influences their behaviour. This can help policy makers and internal teams design effective solutions to behavioural challenges. Newer areas of behavioural insights include their application to the behaviour of organisations.

Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation are important activities for any learning organisation which aims progressively to improve its performance. They allow for systematic learning from past and current activities – ‘what works, what doesn’t work’ and ‘why’. This provides the department with greater accountability and a strong evidence base for future decision making.

  1. DfT monitoring and evaluation programme 2017
  2. Transport survey question bank
  3. DfT monitoring and evaluation programme 2016
  4. Evaluating low cost interventions to encourage the use of sustainable transport
  5. DfT monitoring and evaluation programme 2015
  6. Climate change and transport choices: segmentation update
  7. DfT monitoring and evaluation programme 2014
  8. Economic insights and social impacts toolkits
  9. DfT monitoring and evaluation programme 2013
  10. Department for Transport monitoring and evaluation strategy
  11. Transport behavioural insights toolkit
  12. Logic mapping: hints and tips guide
  13. Transport impact evaluations: achieving better attribution

Social and behavioural research and evaluation reports

  1. Economic impact of new and improved rail lines: case studies and method
  2. Behavioural insights interventions to encourage learner drivers to practise more
  3. Young people’s travel – what’s changed and why?
  4. Disabled people: attitudes towards travel
  5. Commuting trends in England 1988 to 2015
  6. Evaluating low cost interventions to encourage the use of sustainable transport
  7. Social and behavioural questions about automated vehicles
  8. Cycling infrastructure: framework for evaluating economic and social impacts
  9. Driving to reduce fuel usage and carbon emissions
  10. Road safety research and statistical reports
  11. HS1: peer review of first interim evaluation
  12. HS1: first interim evaluation
  13. Ultra low emission vehicles: evidence review of uptake in the UK
  14. Segmenting businesses by their travel behaviour
  15. WebTAG: evidence review of distributional impacts
  16. Roads reform: an overarching monitoring and evaluation framework
  17. HS2 property consultation 2014: behavioural insight sessions response summary report
  18. Local major schemes: meta evaluation
  19. Reducing road accidents among young novice drivers
  20. Assessing the role of the plug-in car grant and plugged-in places scheme in electric vehicle take-up
  21. Review of motorcycle test manoeuvres: 2013 feasibility and safety study
  22. Accessibility planning policy: evaluation and future directions
  23. Policy options for reducing carbon emissions
  24. Road pricing demonstrations project - introduction
  25. Transport social research and evaluation reports: 2004 to 2010
Published 28 July 2011
Last updated 30 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. 'Behavioural insights interventions to encourage learner drivers to practise more' research published.
  2. 'DfT monitoring and evaluation programme 2017' published.
  3. Link to report - Young people’s travel – what’s changed and why?
  4. Report 'Disabled people’s travel behaviour and attitudes to travel' added.
  5. Transport survey question bank.
  6. DfT monitoring and evaluation programme 2016 update.
  7. Evaluating low cost interventions to encourage the use of sustainable transport.
  8. Social and behavioural questions associated with automated vehicles.
  9. Introduction to social and behavioural research and evaluation.
  10. Latest social research and evaluation reports published.
  11. First published.