A time of unprecedented change in the transport system

The UK Government Foresight report, published in January 2019, reviews emerging trends, challenges and opportunities for the UK transport system out to 2040. Similar challenges and opportunities can be extrapolated for other jurisdictions, including Australia. The report considers four plausible future scenarios to help decision makers think about the future of transport. Transport users are … Read more

How to select interventions to solve transport challenges

Addressing Transport Challenges – Part 3 Instruments

In the two previous articles – Part 1 Strategy and Part 2 Analysis – I described two the steps in addressing transport challenges: Strategy and Analysis. In this article I will outline the third step – Instruments or Interventions.

Once you have determined a strategy and desired outcomes, and analysed transport challenges, the next step is to identify the most appropriate instrument or intervention or package to address the problem.

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Provide a systematic approach to analysing complex transport challenges

Addressing Transport Challenges – Part 2 Analysis

In the previous article – Part 1 Strategy – I described the five steps in addressing transport challenges (S.A.I.D.D.), and outlined the first step, Strategy. In this article I will outline the second step – Analysis.

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How to establish a results focus in addressing transport challenges.

Addressing Transport Challenges – Part 1 Strategy

There are 5 steps in addressing transport challenges – I use the acronym S.A.I.D.D. (SAID and Done):

  1. S: Strategy. Describe the specific challenges, the desired results, and who you need to work with.
  2. A: Analysis. Identify the specific problem(s) being faced, the cause and effect.
  3. I: Instruments (or Interventions). Choosing from the range of solution options available.
  4. D: Decisions. Build the case for the investment in the preferred solution.
  5. D: Delivery.Provide a systematic approach to implementing transport policy.

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Key steps in managing transport outcomes to do more with less

In the current constrained fiscal climate it is more and more important to be able to manage our policy initiatives or projects to achieve the greatest impact for limited funds available and make efficient use of scarce resources.

This requires us to identify and manage transport outcomes, do more with less, and ensure the greatest value for money.

At the whole of government level the benefits or the outcomes generally for under three categories: economy, society, environment. This is also referred to as the triple bottom line.

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Using program logic to ensure success of transport programs

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
~ Winston Churchill

Monitoring the success of the outcomes of transport programs is not done well, even though transport agencies are accountable for the effective use of public funds. Demonstrating the success of current transport programs, in delivering transport outcomes, helps when requesting funding for future programs.

Transport programs can be either a response to challenges (bottom up approach), or a future vision (top down approach). The best approach is to do both. Transport professionals need tools to measure program success in designing programs they deliver.

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