Activity 11.2: Review achievements – understand success and failure

GLOSSARY TERMS

By Admin Eltis / Updated: 11 Nov 2015

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Reviewing the achievements of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Planinfo-icon means assessing both the broader impact on urban transport and mobilityinfo-icon and beyond (contribution to visioninfo-icon), as well as the effectiveness of the planning process itself to determine the degree of success of the development of the plan. You need both aspects in order to learn and improve your expertise, which, in turn, helps to provide a sound basis for the next planning cycle.

 

Aims

  • Analyse the planning process, the plan and the implementation with an eye to success stories and failures.
  • Enhance the understanding of the sustainable urban mobility planning process and overall measureinfo-icon impact.
  • Learn lessons to prepare for the next Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan generation

 

 Tasks

When a sufficient number of results are available:

  • run a process evaluationinfo-icon (e.g. participatory observation, focus groups, interviews) and
  • assess the broader impact of the measures implemented.
  • Analyse what went well and what went badly. List objectives that could not be reached, but are still on the agenda.
  • Document the “lessons learnt”.
  • Develop strategies to strengthen success stories and to avoid failure for the next round of planning.
  • Communicate the “lessons learnt” to the project team and key stakeholders.

 

Timing and coordination

  • Review the effectiveness of the planning process during implementation phase.
  • When a sufficient number of measures have been implemented, review the overall impact (i.e. did you get closer to the vision?).

 

Activities beyond essential requirements

  • As an essential to policyinfo-icon learning, disseminate the results (both successes and failures) so that other cities can learn from your experience.

 

Checklist

Ex-post evaluation of planning process and measure implementation concluded.
Lessons learnt documented.

 

Examples

Toulouse, France: Starting point for developing a new plan

In 2008, Toulouse initiated the revision of its 2001 transport plan (PDU). The plan covered the so-called public transport perimeter of Toulouse, which at that time covered 72 municipalities (Toulouse included). The new plan intended to cover all municipalities that were also included in the urban development coherence plan (SCOT), bringing the total number to 118 municipalities.

A multimodal evaluation of the various PDU indicators was completed within the first three months of starting work on the new plan. The results of this evaluation were discussed in different thematic work groups in reference to the original objectives of the PDU, new legal obligations and local objectives. This resulted in a recommendation for the objectives of the PDU revision. These objectives formed the basis for the development of the content of the new PDU.

 

Erfurt, Germany: Reviewing the achievements of a local transport plan

The City of Erfurt in Eastern Germany evaluated the results of their local transport plan after ten years (also published in a special brochure). This was an appropriate time period to evaluate the outcomes of a complex and strategic concept like a local transport plan. The four essential points of the evaluation process were to:

  • Determine the long-term effects by conducting surveys with the same structure in 1991, 1994 and 1998.
  • Break down the evaluation to single measures to be able to see which successes or problems are due to which measure.
  • Consider ‘classic’ transport datainfo-icon (transport modeinfo-icon, etc.) and user travel behaviour data (modal split, trip rates, etc.).
  • Evaluate successes or disappointments of the project planning and decision-making process and consider these during implementation (e.g. strategic planning by the project leader, citizeninfo-icon participationinfo-icon, etc.).

Source: Guidemaps Handbook, Volume 1: Concepts and Tools, p. 60. www.osmose-os.org/documents/316/GUIDEMAPSHandbook_web[1].pdf

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Toulouse, France: Starting point for developing a new plan

In 2008, Toulouse initiated the revision of its 2001 transport plan (PDU). The plan covered the so-called public transport perimeter of Toulouse, which at that time covered 72 municipalities (Toulouse included). The new plan intended to cover all municipalities that were also included in the urban development coherence plan (SCOT), bringing the total number to 118 municipalities.

A multimodal evaluationinfo-icon of the various PDU indicators was completed within the first three months of starting work on the new plan.

Datainfo-icon of the PDU observatory were presented in the form of indicators, graphics and calculations to assess all actions agreed on in the previous PDU. An example related to the theme of public transport is presented in the following figure.

Table: Review of agreed PDU actions

The results of this evaluation were discussed in different thematic work groups in reference to the original objectives of the PDU, new legal obligations and local objectives. This resulted in a recommendation for the objectives of the PDU revision. These objectives formed the basis for the development of the content of the new PDU.

Source: Rupprecht Consult