This evaluation draws on a range of new and existing data sources, to examine how the TTSI has been implemented in practice and its effects.
The Travelling to School Initiative (TTSI) is a joint undertaking by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the former Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), which comprises a series of measures to increase the use of healthy and sustainable modes of transport and reduce congestion in relation to pupils’ travel to and from schools in England. The initiative was announced in September 2003 and aims to tackle a number of trends towards greater car dependency observed in school travel in recent years.
This report was based on quantitative and qualitative sources of evidence, which include the annual school census, an online school survey, School Travel Adviser Survey, workshops with key stakeholders, and in-depth case studies of schools exhibiting good practice in terms of process and outcomes.
This approach allows the research to identify a range of view points and alternative explanations, and “weight” the evidence available, whilst also recognising the limitations associated with the various data sources.