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The aim of the SUMP Glossary is to provide a brief explanation of specialist words, terms and abbreviations relating to the subject of sustainable urban mobility planning. The Glossary has been prepared by the CH4LLENGE project and as a result, there is a particular focus on defining terms relating to the four key challenges of plan development studied by the project, namely: participation, cooperation, measure selection and monitoring & evaluation. It is envisaged that, over time, the international community of mobility practitioners will add to the content of the online Glossary and produce versions in different languages.
A simple structure has been followed so that users can search for words, terms and abbreviations in a standard alphabetic format. For each Glossary term, the following information is provided:
• a general definition and, where available, a specific definition relating to transport and mobility planning;
• an explanation of why the term is relevant to sustainable urban mobility planning; and
• references to sources.
The preparation of the Glossary, including the selection of terms and drafting of definitions, has been informed by a review of relevant reports, guidance documents and existing glossaries. The key reference is the European Union “Guidelines - Developing and implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan” prepared for the EC’s Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme by Rupprecht Consult (January 2014) and therefore this has not been identified as a source throughout the document. The outputs of the CH4LLENGE project have also provided a principal source of information and the official documents can be found at www.sump-challenges.eu.

Please note that not all the explanatory text is taken directly from the listed sources. The authors have sought to take established definitions and information as the basis and explain these in simple terms and relate them to the context of sustainable urban mobility planning where this was not previously the case.

Por Admin Eltis / Actualizado: 28 May 2019

Definition Evaluationinfo-icon is the systematic and objectiveinfo-icon assessmentinfo-icon of an ongoing or completed plan, policyinfo-icon or measureinfo-icon, its preparation, implementation and results. The aim of evaluation is to determine the relevance and fulfilment of specified objectives and targets, i.e. evaluation reveals how well a plan, policy or measure has performed. Monitoringinfo-icon and evaluation activities are important in the planning and implementation process to provide credible and useful information, enabling the incorporation of lessons learned into the decision-making process.

Relevance to SUMP – In the context of SUMP development and implementation, the term evaluation is used in reference to both “ex-ante” evaluation and “ex-post” evaluation.

“Ex-ante” is a phrase meaning “before the event” and therefore the purpose of ex-ante evaluation is to improve the quality of the SUMP development process, the proposals of the plan and their implementation. Undertaking appraisalinfo-icon of future mobilityinfo-icon scenarios and measures is a form of ex-ante evaluation.

The term evaluation is most commonly used to refer “ex-post” (“after the event”) evaluation processes carried out during and after the implementation of a SUMP or individual measure. Ex-post evaluation is used to assess whether the SUMP or measure has been effective and represents value for money, or whether it needs modification or enhancement. Regular monitoring and evaluation are a main characteristic of the SUMP approach to mobility planning. Key activities in this respect are setting priorities and measurable targets, incorporating monitoring and assessment into the plan, checking progress towards achievement of the objectives and reviewing achievements to understand areas of success and failure.

Source: ITS Leeds KonSULT; OECD, 2014; www.socialresearchmethods.net

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