The Ministry undertakes post-project reviews for all major projects, such as those outlined in the operating intentions table. Each review undertaken during the life of this Statement of Intent will address a range of issues around three core questions.
- Immediate impact: How well has the project met its terms of reference?
- Quality of advice: Do other key players think the Ministry has been a constructive leader and/or contributor, on both substance and process (quality of advice)?
- Intermediate outcomes: Should the intermediate outcomes of this project be measured over the medium term (3–10 years), and if so, by which agency, and by inclusion in the Transport Monitoring Indicator Framework, or by other means such as periodic reviews?
We will publish the summary results of reviews for the most substantial of these projects in the 2012 and subsequent Annual Reports.
Intermediate and long-term outcomes
The Ministry is continuously developing a suite of indicators about the state of the transport sector, which draws on various sources, including the indicators developed by Crown transport agencies to monitor their own delivery. Core indicators are published every second year in the Transport Monitoring Indicator Framework (the next edition is due in late 2011). Other sets of indicators are also developed and monitored, for example with KiwiRail on the desired transport outcomes of the current Turnaround Plan.
These indicators will be used to measure and, where appropriate to report on, the intermediate outcomes of policy projects and other interventions, as described above. The Ministry has varying degrees of influence over these outcomes, as programme delivery is usually in the hands of other agencies, so attribution of responsibility for the outcomes is complex.
Selected headline indicators will also be published in future Annual Reports to:
- show progress towards the government’s long-term outcomes, as described on page 7
- illustrate the overall state and directions of change in the transport sector, by describing broad trends in traffic and freight volumes, along with measures of congestion, capacity, and state of the transport infrastructure
The Ministry of Transport is very focused on achieving cost effectiveness, both within the Ministry and across the transport portfolio. While cost effectiveness analysis is challenging, in relation to policy advice, the Ministry is making increasing use of project planning methodologies to maximise the use of staff time and resources. In 2009 we reorganised the structure of the Ministry and its work practices to enable a more flexible approach to managing our work priorities. These efforts, and additional initiatives aimed at improving our efficiency, will contribute to the Ministry’s ability to deliver value for money policy advice.
The cost effectiveness of the transport portfolio is reflected in the objectives and outcomes in each modal statement in the operating intentions section in respect of the New Zealand Transport Agency, Civil Aviation Authority, Maritime New Zealand, and for the Transport Accident Investigation Commission. In addition, policy development and review processes are signalled, for example reviews of the Land Transport Management Act and the Public Transport Management Act.
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