Improving the Policy Relevance of Freight Transport Models

Summary of Results

by Warren Walker, Mari Poyhonen, Odette van de Riet, Barbara van de Kerke

This study is a summary of the results of a study performed for the Directorate General of Freight Transport (DGG) of the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, called ''Improving the Policy Relevance of Freight Transport Models''. The aim of the study contained two tracks; firstly to examine the information needs of policy makers at DGG, secondly to gather information provided by existing freight transport models available through the Ministry's Transport Research Centre. Needs were gathered through interviews and a workshop, and information about available freight transport models was gathered using a questionnaire. Finally, four tasks were identified which need to be carried out to satisfy the objectives of the overall project. These are the improvement of existing models; the expansion of the capabilities of existing models; improving the capabilities for filling information needs of non-model users; and improving communication processes and the ways in which information is presented. This study is the first phase of multi-phase project for the current and anticipated future information needs of DGG policymakers.

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