Definition – Assessment refers to the act of judging the value, quality or importance of something.
Relevance to SUMP – The term assessment is used in different contexts in relation to mobility planning.
Impact assessment refers to judging a project’s performance (see also measure) against pre-established milestones and required outputs. It involves a formal, evidence-based procedure for judging the economic, social and environmental effects of public policy at the evaluation (ex-post) stage.
Assessment also refers to the process through which an organisation reviews its planning practices, strengths and weaknesses early in the process, in order to gauge its potential to prepare a SUMP. This should also include a review of how the process should be adapted to the local context.
A SUMP Self-Assessment Scheme has been established to enable local authorities to assess the compliance of their mobility planning process with the SUMP concept and guidelines.
See also audit and certification.
Source: KonSULT (online)