NERA Leads Development of Evaluation Guidance for Major Transport Schemes

14 November 2005

NERA Economic Consulting, along with MVA and David Simmonds Consulting, has been appointed by the Department for Transport (DfT) to develop new guidance on the evaluation of major local transport schemes.

Major schemes, typically costing more than £5m, represent a significant proportion of DfT expenditure on local transport. There is a clear need to assess the processes of implementing a scheme and the impacts of the investment to demonstrate value for money and inform future policy-making.

The guidance will set out what the DfT requires from an evaluation and provide high-level advice on methodological and practical issues. It is primarily aimed as a management guide for those involved in promoting and assessing major schemes, but it will also help local authorities in planning and commissioning robust evaluations.

The project will run from the end of October 2005 to March 2006. Those wishing to participate in the consultation phase should contact Jacqui Dunning, MVA.

Please direct further inquiries to:

Michael Spackman
NERA Special Consultant
+44 20 7659 8660

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