What you need to know
The Transport Evidence Base Strategy (TEBS) aims to create an environment where the right evidence is available and there is an established culture of evidence-based decision-making. It consists of complementary strategies and ongoing work programmes that collectively ensure the sector delivers an evidence-based transport system.
Development of the TEBS is a collaborative effort between government transport agencies, local government and the wider transport sector. It builds on the 2016 Domain Plan and Research Strategy and introduces an Evaluation Strategy, to recognise that evaluation forms an important part of the evidence base. It also captures the Government’s updated priorities for transport and incorporates our Transport Outcomes Framework developed in 2018.
The TEBS gives us a common understanding of the long-term questions for transport and means we have an agreed framework for prioritising and investing in the right data, information, statistics, analytics, and research initiatives.
Work that has come out of the TEBS so far includes awarding graduate research scholarships, the development of the transport research register, academic research and an evaluation of the graduation driving licensing system.
The TEBS is reviewed annually with a full review every 3 years from 2022.
The work to date
TEBS progress report published
The TEBS Progress Report provides an update on progress in implementing the TEBS for the 2021/22 years. This is the third report published.
MAA2019-59 Transport and wellbeing project: Understanding the distributional impacts of transport accessibility.
Availability of transport resources (infrastructure and vehicles) and services can affect individuals’ ability to access economic and social opportunities and essential services (such as education, healthcare and employment). Inequalities in such provision can have material impacts on the wellbeing of individuals and communities.
Evaluation Programme 2021/22–23/24 published
The Evaluation Programme provides an overview of our anticipated evaluation activities for the 3 year period starting 2021/22.
Second Progress Report published
The TEBS Progress Report provides an update on progress in implementing the TEBS from 1 July 2019 to December 2020. This is the second report published.
Evaluation Programme 2020/21–22/23 published
The Evaluation Programme provides an overview of our anticipated evaluation activities for the 3 year period starting 2020/21.
Transport-related research register created and maintained
In 2017, we identified the need to collate transport-related research under the Research Strategy. The transport-related research register captures what research is underway and completed in New Zealand. It is updated twice a year.
Transport Evidence Base Strategy published
The TEBS builds on the 2016 Domain Plan and Research Strategy and introduces an Evaluation Strategy, to recognise that evaluation forms an important part of the evidence base. It also captures the Government’s updated priorities for transport and incorporates our Transport Outcomes Framework developed in 2018.
In 2020, we awarded 6 graduate research scholarships to help outstanding students to complete research in fields deemed important to New Zealand’s transport sector.
Academic Research and Policymaking for Transport report published
As part of the Research Strategy, Dr Debbie Hopkins from University of Oxford participated in an academic secondment from 2017–2019. She attended a series of workshops with New Zealand-based transport researchers and policy teams at the Ministry of Transport.
Progress report published
This report provided an overview on the progress made since 2016 to put in place the Transport Domain Plan and Transport Research Strategy.
Graduated driver licensing system evaluated
As part of the 2018/19 Evaluation Programme, we commissioned Schiff Consulting to evaluate New Zealand’s graduated driver licensing system (GDLS).
Transport Domain Plan and Transport Research Strategy published
The plan and the strategy documents provided the strategic direction to ensure the transport sector had the right data, information and research to support evidence-based decision-making.