Categories
Case Studies News Places for Everyone

Monitoring and Evaluation of Places for Everyone 

Sustrans’ Research and Monitoring Unit contributes to the monitoring and evaluation of a sample of Places for Everyone projects. When a scheme is selected, we work collaboratively with the project team to evaluate its impact. Every project will have a unique set of project aims, objectives and outcomes, as well as a monitoring plan outlining how these will be measured. Our role is to ensure the Places for Everyone outcomes are measured, and to report to Transport Scotland.  

We do this by:  

  • Addressing Places for Everyone outcomes by commissioning, collecting, and analysing data on a project level.
  • Utilising some standardised data collection tools which allow us to aggregate data programme-wide.
  • Writing summary evaluation reports for selected projects.
  • Reporting on the programme outcomes Scotland-wide using aggregated data and case studies from selected projects.
  • Working with the Places for Everyone Partner Development team to monitor and evaluate the Places for Everyone Knowledge Sharing and Events Programme.

Additionally, we support the entire programme by offering expertise to the Grant Management Team in relation to monitoring and evaluation deliverables. We provide guidance and training as well as support with the assessment criteria to ensure projects are impactful across the programme.

The three most recent blog posts about our work are:

All listed reports are authored by the Research and Monitoring Unit, rather than created by our project partners.

Impact Reports

  • Places for Everyone Infrastructure Impact Report 2022-23
    This report presents the findings of the 2022-23 evaluation of the impact of the Places for Everyone programme, which aimed to assess the contribution of the programme to delivering Transport Scotland’s Active Travel Outcomes and a number of specific PfE outcomes. It draws on programme level monitoring data, aggregated data from a sample of infrastructure projects and five in depth case studies of completed projects. 
  • Places for Everyone Infrastructure Impact Report 2022-23 (Easy Read)
    This report is an easy read version of the 2022-23 Places for Everyone Infrastructure Impact Summary Report. 
  • Places for Everyone Infrastructure Impact Report 2021-22
    This report presents the findings of the 2021-22 evaluation of the impact of the Places for Everyone programme, which aimed to assess the contribution of the programme to delivering Transport Scotland’s Active Travel Outcomes. The evaluation draws on aggregated data from a sample of 30 projects which were monitored both before and after project delivery throughout the history of the programme. 
  • Places for Everyone Infrastructure Impact Report 2021-22 (Easy Read)
    This report is an easy read version of the 2021-22 Places for Everyone Infrastructure Impact Summary Report. 
  • Lochindaal Way
    The Lochindaal Way, formally opened in October 2021, provides a safe, accessible, traffic-free route between the two communities of Port Charlotte and Bruichladdich on Islay. This report details the results of a programme of monitoring delivered before and after the construction of the path. 
  • Lower Granton Road Shared Path
    Improvements were made to the path at Lower Granton Road in 2018 and the route was incorporated into the ‘QuietRoutes’ network. This report presents the results of a programme of monitoring conducted to assess the impact of the project against the Places for Everyone outcomes. 
  • Maidencraig Active Travel Links
    In 2020, Aberdeen City Council and Places for Everyone upgraded and enhanced the active travel facilities in Maidencraig, a wetland nature reserve to the west of Aberdeen. This report presents the results of a programme of monitoring conducted to assess the impact of the scheme against various outcomes. 
  • Wishawhill Wood Path
    In 2020, a muddy and overgrown track through Wishawhill Wood, North Lanarkshire, was upgraded to a wide walking, wheeling and cycling path that connects the communities of Craigneuk and Wishaw. This report details the impact of the project on local levels of physical activity, engagement with walking and cycling, and the accessibility of the path.
  • Glasgow South City Way Protected Junctions
    As part of the Glasgow South City Way project, protected junctions were installed at two locations along the Victoria Road section of the project and were the first such junctions to be trialled in Scotland. This report details the results of a study that looked at pedestrian and cyclist experiences at the junctions and how they impacted the road safety of all users.

Baseline Reports

  • Roseburn to Union Canal
    The Roseburn to Union Canal project aims to connect up existing active travel routes near Haymarket Station in Edinburgh and create community spaces through placemaking interventions. The project is currently under construction and this report presents the results of the baseline monitoring conducted before construction began. 
  • Connecting Woodside
    The Connecting Woodside project aims to create neighbourhood wide active travel network in the community of Woodside in Glasgow. The project is currently under construction and this report presents the results of the baseline monitoring conducted before construction began.
  • Inverness Space by the Water
    The Space by the Water project will improve the path surfaces and accessibility of the Caledonian Canal path network in the communities of Muirtown Basin, Merkinch and South Kessock in Inverness. The project is currently under construction and this report presents the results of the baseline monitoring conducted before construction began.
  • Dumfries New Hospital
    Dumfries & Galloway Council, with support from Sustrans, is delivering high quality active travel facilities for the new Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary Hospital. A programme of monitoring will be delivered before and after construction of the infrastructure; this report details the findings at the baseline monitoring stage.
  • Balgray Link
    The Balgray Link project aims to build a 2km long segregated cycle route connecting the communities of Barrhead and Newton Mearns and encompasses a 700m boardwalk overlooking the Balgray reservoir. This short report presents the baseline findings of a programme of monitoring delivered in 2019.