The Department for Transport has published a framework for how Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) projects should be monitored and evaluated by the project teams. Three principles have led to the development of this framework:
- proportionality – adopting a light-touch resource efficient approach to monitoring (where possible using existing data sources)
- partnership – collaborative working across local authorities, government departments, academics and other organisations
- prioritisation – developing the evidence base to inform future local and national decision making (by targeting evidence gaps)
To deliver this approach, there are 3 basic components to the framework; however, not all projects are required to deliver all of them.
Annual outputs reporting
All project teams are expected to deliver this level of monitoring, which reports what the investment has been spent on. First tranche project teams have already undertaken this reporting, and we are now evaluating in readiness for the next round of reports.
Large project teams only will be required to develop and deliver bespoke monitoring schemes. These will examine metrics relevant to the project, such as traffic levels and use of sustainable modes, and the factors which drive economic growth and carbon reduction.
A detailed technical annex is provided to support large projects in building their monitoring schemes.
A few key priority questions, where evidence is weakest, have been identified and these will become case studies. Led by a project team and in partnership with other teams, these will provide a detailed account of how specific sustainable travel measures work and how the impacts vary.