Research at DFT:
An overview of research undertaken by the Department for Transport.

The Department for Transport (DfT) is committed to making policies that are based on evidence. We need evidence so we can understand the context in which we’re working, the challenges we’re facing and how these will change over time. Evidence also helps us to understand the likely impacts of our policies and lets us evaluate whether they’re effective. We use evidence from a variety of disciplines including science, statistics and social research. We commission original research to provide evidence where it’s not available from other sources.

Monitoring and evaluation are important activities for any learning organisation which aims progressively to improve its performance. They allow for systematic learning from past and current activities – ‘what works, what doesn’t work’ and ‘why’. This provides the department with greater accountability and a strong evidence base for future decision making.