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Research, monitoring and evaluation

Sustrans' Research and Monitoring Unit has pioneered the development of monitoring and evaluation techniques for sustainable and active modes of transport.

We have over 15 years of experience in monitoring and evaluating walking and cycling interventions. This includes monitoring outputs and assessing outcomes and impacts of our own projects, as well as working for and in partnership with a range of organisations across the UK.

Our services

There are two core elements to the work that we do:

Monitoring and evaluation of interventions

We have extensive expertise in the design and delivery of practical and rigorous methods of measuring the effectiveness of a wide range of interventions.

From developing evaluation frameworks and logic mapping, through to delivering the associated data capture, analysing the results, and reporting – our comprehensive experience of monitoring and evaluating interventions designed to increase sustainable and active travel makes us one of the leading organisations in this field.

Modelling the potential for change, by looking at where interventions should be targeted and the potential impacts of interventions

Our experience in, and knowledge of, delivering interventions to increase cycling and walking, enables us to help partners and clients to explore the potential impacts of different intervention types, and different levels of investment.

We tailor our approach to client needs, drawing on experience in gathering data on the target population and the local area; and, where appropriate, using geographic information systems (GIS) approaches to analysing this. Through this we have successfully helped a range of partners and clients to assess the different means by which they can deliver change and target their investments and interventions to the maximum effect.