The Ministry’s outcome framework explains what governments are seeking to achieve, over time, through their interventions in transport. It also enables us to demonstrate the rationale for particular interventions. Every government will have particular priorities that may focus on some or all of the outcomes and impacts.
Government transport agencies’ focus for transport
The government transport agencies’ overall outcome for transport is to deliver a transport system that maximises economic and social benefits for New Zealand, and reduces harm.
Long-term outcomes for the transport system
The long-term outcomes describe the ‘future state’ of the transport system, and provide focus for the Ministry and other transport agencies. The long-term outcomes are expected to be achieved over the next 20 or more years, as a consequence of the contributions made by the Ministry and a wide range of other stakeholders and transport system users. We can measure the progress the transport system is making towards those outcomes annually through long-term indicators.
Ministry intermediate outcomes
Intermediate outcomes also describe a ‘future state’ for the transport system and are important steps to achieving the long-term outcomes. These are closely aligned with the Minister’s priorities for transport.
The intermediate outcomes are expected to be achieved over the next 10 or so years. While the progress that the transport system is making towards the intermediate outcomes can be measured annually, the nature of the outcomes means that progress is best viewed over a longer time period.
Ministry impacts describe how the Ministry’s work will affect the transport system. They describe the intended results from the Ministry’s work. The Ministry can achieve its intended impacts through its own efforts and is not dependent on other organisations undertaking particular actions. However, other organisations may also undertake work that contributes to the impacts. The Ministry’s projects and activities are our specific ‘outputs’ (work programmes) that will deliver our impacts.
Projects, impacts and intermediate outcomes can all contribute to more than one item in their next higher level of the framework. However, for simplicity, we have shown the main relationships
The outputs and associated intermediate outcomes and impacts are detailed in the ‘Statement of objectives and service performance’ section of this report.