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Evaluating personal travel planning: If it is prohibitively expensive to get a robust answer then what should we do?

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A recurring problem relating to the robust measurement of the impacts of personal travel planning (PTP) is identified, in terms of unrealistic expectations on the part of sponsors and, more generally, a limited understanding of the complexity of statistical inference. A number of pragmatic responses is proposed: practitioners and academics should attempt to spread a better understanding of this complexity; this "community" should also engage those who commission PTP in a debate about the need for monitoring and its purpose; the community should openly accept that PTP is not yet a mature intervention; efforts should be made to convince those who commission PTP to appreciate the value of research conducted to understand PTP's impact as opposed to simply measuring it; and the PTP community should participate more actively in the drive to improve methods used to gauge behavioural change in travel resulting from the intervention.

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  • Cohen, Tom, 2009. "Evaluating personal travel planning: If it is prohibitively expensive to get a robust answer then what should we do?," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 16(6), pages 344-347, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:trapol:v:16:y:2009:i:6:p:344-347
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    1. Thøgersen, John, 2009. "Promoting public transport as a subscription service: Effects of a free month travel card," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 16(6), pages 335-343, November.
    2. Cass, Noel & Faulconbridge, James, 2016. "Commuting practices: New insights into modal shift from theories of social practice," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 1-14.
    3. Tørnblad, Silje H. & Kallbekken, Steffen & Korneliussen, Kristine & Mideksa, Torben K., 2014. "Using mobility management to reduce private car use: Results from a natural field experiment in Norway," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 9-15.
    4. Chatterjee, Kiron, 2009. "A comparative evaluation of large-scale personal travel planning projects in England," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 16(6), pages 293-305, November.

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