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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

07
Oct 2017–Present

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.

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06
May 2020

Scholarships awarded

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.

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05
Dec 2019

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.

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04
Dec 2019

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.

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03
Jul 2019

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.

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02
Apr 2018–Jul 2019

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).

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01
Jul 2016

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.

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