Methodological issues in measuring and evaluating physical measures to promote walking and cycling

The iConnect (Impact of COnstructing Non-motorised Networks and Evaluating Changes in Travel) consortium, aims to measure and evaluate the changes in travel, physical activity and carbon emissions. This paper outlines preliminary thinking on methodological issues concerning measurement and evaluation. The difficulties in obtaining accurate measurements of walking and cycling levels are outlined and various survey and observational methodologies are assessed. The role of randomised control trials is briefly considered. This research will be informed by the critical realist approach to evaluation, with an emphasis on the inter-relationships between context, mechanisms and outcomes. A general, socio-ecological model, will be considered that relates the amount of walking and cycling to socio-demographic factors and neighbourhood characteristics. This will be supplemented by middle range theories to determine the mechanisms that make some schemes more successful than others.


  • English

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  • Pagination: 15p
  • Monograph Title: 5th Cycling and Society Symposium 8th and 9th September 2008, University of the West of England, Bristol

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  • Accession Number: 01386057
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 7:31PM