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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.