The Transport Evidence Base Strategy (TEBS) creates an environment to ensure the transport sector has the right data, information, research and evaluation to deliver an evidence-based transport system that improves wellbeing and liveability. 

The strategy has two primary objectives:

  1. Ensure the right data, information, research and evaluation is available for decision-making
  2. There is an established culture of evidence-based decision-making

TEBS is comprised of the following complimentary strategies and ongoing programmes of work aligned with updated Government transport priorities and outcomes:

  1. Domain Plan(external link) – ensures the right data, statistics and information are available to understand our transport system and make evidence-based decisions. This identifies data and knowledge gaps and priorities to maximise the value of data, statistics, and information (originally published in 2016)
  2. Research Strategy(external link) – creates a research environment to maximise the benefits from transport-related research (originally published in 2016)
  3. Evaluation Strategy – provides a framework for evaluating transport system performance, regulations, policies, and investment, and identifies activities that support high quality evaluation activities within and across sectors (new)

TEBS ensures we have a:

  • Common understanding of the big picture questions for transport (the ‘enduring questions’)
  • Agreed framework for prioritising and investing in the right the data, information, statistics, analytics, and research initiatives (3-Step)
  • Prioritised list of evidence-generating activities to enhance the availability of the right data, information, research and evaluation.
  • Framework for the recognition of Māori values in the collection, management and use of evidence relating to Māori
  • Co-ordinated approach to delivering the right data, information and research and a framework to evaluate transport system policies and processes
  • Shared understanding of the future challenges facing the transport sector from economic, social, cultural and environmental changes and our ability to respond to these
  • Common set of evidence base enablers which describe the actions required to support generation and use of transport evidence.


Having sufficient and reliable transport evidence will enable the transport sector to make evidence-based policy, strategy and decisions into the future to deliver the desired transport system.

The Transport Knowledge Hub(external link) (the ‘knowledge hub’) creates a community of interest to aid implementation of TEBS.  The knowledge hub provides an environment to enable the sharing of transport evidence; identification and prioritisation of knowledge gaps; and encourages the use of transport evidence in decision-making.

It is intended that TEBS is used and implemented by all New Zealanders with an interest in ensuring the right data, information, research and evaluation is available to deliver a transport system that improves people’s wellbeing and the liveability of places.

TEBS should be read in conjunction with the Full list of recommended initiatives - this provides a full record of the recommended initiatives and knowledge gaps. 

A progress report detailing progress implementing the Transport Evidence Base Strategy recommended initiatives will be published annually starting with the first report in July 2019 (detailing progress implementing the Transport Domain Plan and Transport Research Strategy originally published in 2016 and now superseded by TEBS).  This document is available for download below.

If you have any questions about the Transport Evidence Base Strategy, or would like to request further information, please email