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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

    • Corporate report
  2. Transport survey question bank

    • Research and analysis
  3. DfT monitoring and evaluation programme 2016

    • Corporate report
  4. Evaluating low cost interventions to encourage the use of sustainable transport

    • Research and analysis
  5. DfT monitoring and evaluation programme 2015

    • Corporate report
  6. Transport choices segmentation: update

    • Independent report
  7. DfT monitoring and evaluation programme 2014

    • Policy paper
  8. Economic insights and social impacts toolkits

    • Guidance
  9. DfT monitoring and evaluation programme 2013

    • Policy paper
  10. Department for Transport monitoring and evaluation strategy

    • Guidance
  11. Transport choices segmentation: final report

    • Independent report
  12. Transport behavioural insights toolkit

    • Research and analysis
  13. Logic mapping: hints and tips guide

    • Guidance
  14. Transport impact evaluations: achieving better attribution

    • Guidance

Social and behavioural research and evaluation reports

  1. Young people’s travel – what’s changed and why?

    • Research and analysis
  2. Disabled people: attitudes towards travel

    • Research and analysis
  3. Commuting trends in England 1988 to 2015

    • Research and analysis
  4. Evaluating low cost interventions to encourage the use of sustainable transport

    • Research and analysis
  5. Social and behavioural questions about automated vehicles

    • Research and analysis
  6. Cycling infrastructure: framework for evaluating economic and social impacts

    • Research and analysis
  7. Driving to reduce fuel usage and carbon emissions

    • Independent report
  8. Road safety research and statistical reports

    • Guidance
  9. HS1: peer review of first interim evaluation

    • Research and analysis
  10. HS1: first interim evaluation

    • Research and analysis
  11. Ultra low emission vehicles: evidence review of uptake in the UK

    • Research and analysis
  12. Segmenting businesses by their travel behaviour

    • Research and analysis
  13. WebTAG: evidence review of distributional impacts

    • Guidance
  14. Roads reform: an overarching monitoring and evaluation framework

    • Policy paper
  15. HS2 property consultation 2014: behavioural insight sessions response summary report

    • Research and analysis
  16. Local major schemes: meta evaluation

    • Policy paper
  17. Reducing road accidents among young novice drivers

    • Research and analysis
  18. Assessing the role of the plug-in car grant and plugged-in places scheme in electric vehicle take-up

    • Research and analysis
  19. Review of motorcycle test manoeuvres

    • Research and analysis
  20. Accessibility planning policy: evaluation and future directions

    • Research and analysis
  21. Policy options for reducing carbon emissions

    • Research and analysis
  22. Road pricing demonstrations project - introduction

    • Research and analysis
  23. Transport social research and evaluation reports: 2004 to 2010

    • Research and analysis
Published 28 July 2011
Last updated 13 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. 'DfT monitoring and evaluation programme 2017' published.
  2. Link to report - Young people’s travel – what’s changed and why?
  3. Report 'Disabled people’s travel behaviour and attitudes to travel' added.
  4. Transport survey question bank.
  5. DfT monitoring and evaluation programme 2016 update.
  6. Evaluating low cost interventions to encourage the use of sustainable transport.
  7. Social and behavioural questions associated with automated vehicles.
  8. Introduction to social and behavioural research and evaluation.
  9. Latest social research and evaluation reports published.
  10. First published.