A Comparative Analysis of Assessment Approaches: Six Cases from Europe

This article presents a comparative analysis of six assessment measures used to assess infrastructure planning and costs. The six approaches are used in 6 different European countries: the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Italy, and France. The authors explore how each country uses assessment procedures in the decisionmaking process in the transportation infrastructure sector. They focus primarily on the use of Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) in the overall planning approach. For example, in the United Kingdom, CBA is used to assess single schemes from a general public-driven strategy. In other countries, such as Germany or the Nordic countries, CBA is used to prioritize among a range of concurrent projects. The authors introduce an interpretation scheme that permits better comparisons of strengths and weaknesses in the different settings. The authors conclude with a list of components that must be present for a bottom-up approach or for a top-down approach. They stress that both approaches can be used to manage stakeholders’ participation in decisions in a transparent and fair way. They also call for independent validation and ex-post evaluations to progressively improve methods and data in all six countries.

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  • Authors:
    • Beria, Paolo
    • Giove, Michele
    • Miele, Mariafrancesca
  • Publication Date: 2012-6


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01493509
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 2013 2:36PM