5 COMMENTS ON THE DRAFT RAIL EVALUATION GUIDANCE
5.1 From our practical experience of using the draft rail guidance to undertake a Stage 1 Outcome Evaluation of the Airdrie to Bathgate rail link improvement, we would recommend that the guidance be further developed to:
- Include a toolkit that sets out indicators (mandatory and/or optional) that can be used to measure common operational outputs and impacts against each of the five STAG objectives as well as established policy directives.
- Building on the Benefits Realisation Plan, include a requirement for an Evaluation Plan to be prepared at an early stage – setting out what the metrics will be, what information will be collected, when and by whom.
- Include advice on the approach for assessing how accurate predictions were and whether the scheme is delivering value for money.
- Consider carrying out post completion reviews to assess the effectiveness of environmental mitigation measures, cycling facilities, etc.
- Include advice on incorporating stakeholder feedback.
- Outline the roles and responsibilities of the project team.
- Present details of the reporting structure to be used.
- Provide advice on how the Gateway 5 review and Lessons Learned process fits into the evaluation process.
- Include advice on how lessons learned are to be disseminated.