Research, monitoring and evaluation

We specialise in active travel, making the case for walking and cycling by using robust evidence and showing what can be done.

Why work with Sustrans?

Our team of experts will help you choose and implement the right research, monitoring and evaluation methods to ensure you get the most accurate and insightful data in order to develop effective policy and practice.

We have pioneered the development of monitoring, evaluation and appraisal techniques for active travel. For over 15 years we have been creating an evidence base for effective investment in walking and cycling.

Our team of over 30 researchers, analysts and evaluation specialists work closely with partners from across the UK to ensure we have a clear understanding of the impact of Sustrans work and the wider context of the benefits of active travel.

We use our experience of monitoring our own work and learning from what works to inform our research, assess the potential impact of investment and support others to improve their own evaluation approaches.

Our research and monitoring services

We have helped a range of partners in numerous areas including economic development, education and health, to measure the impact of their interventions, model ways to deliver change and target investments to deliver the most effect.

As well as being specialists in our own field, we draw on the wider expertise of Sustrans teams and stakeholders to offer a unique service that is embedded in a practical view of what is possible and focused on how learning can be put into practice.

We are leaders in the following approaches:

Economic appraisal and business case support

Decision-makers require evidence to assess the potential reach, effectiveness and value of proposed solutions.

We pioneer best practice appraisal approaches (including supporting the development of WebTAG and HEAT) to estimate the likely impact of particular interventions and produce robust economic benefit figures.

Monitoring and evaluation

Our monitoring and evaluation frameworks help you understand the outcomes of your programmes alongside what is and isn't working, so that you can make the best use of available funds and resources.

We offer a comprehensive service in evaluating interventions designed to increase active travel. Our extensive experience of monitoring walking and cycling enabling programmes, positions us as a leader in this field.

Our evaluations utilise a five-step process:

  1. Developing evaluation frameworks
  2. Logic mapping
  3. Delivering quantitative and qualitative data capture
  4. Analysing the results
  5. Reporting

Modelling and forecasting

We use a range of tools and approaches to project cycling levels, estimate propensity to cycle and calculate required investment to meet targets. We tailor our approach to client needs, drawing on experience in gathering data on the target population and the local area and, where appropriate, applying geographic information systems (GIS) approaches to our analysis.


Designing, delivering and informing research projects in partnership with academics across the UK, and undertaking analysis and evidence reviews on issues relevant to active and sustainable travel.

Training and guidance

Providing best practice guidance and training, including support with implementation, across all areas of our expertise.

Recent projects

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