The Smart Public Transport Lab develops new solutions and methods for public transport planning, operations and management. In the Smart PT Lab we are passionate about performing high level scientific research with a practical relevance and impactful outcomes. Welcome on-board!

 

The Smart Public Transport Lab develops new solutions and methods for public transport planning, operations and management. In the Smart PT Lab we are passionate about performing high level scientific research with a practical relevance and impactful outcomes. Welcome on-board!

SPTL Seminar (5th of November) by Niek Mouter: "Participatory Value Evaluation: a novel method to assess the societal value of smart public transport solutions?"

Participatory Value Evaluation: a novel method to assess the societal value of smart public transport solutions?

by 

Niek Mouter 

Assistant Professor of Infrastructure Project Appraisal
Delft University of Technology
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management

Abstract: 

Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) is a widely applied economic appraisal tool to support the planning and decision-making process for transport projects. However, in the planning literature CBA has been criticized for at least two reasons: 1) CBA focuses on traditional planning goals and poorly considers the broader goals of urban transport planning such as sustainability and social equity; 2) CBA corrodes and degrades the forward looking nature of the planning proficiency. The instrument can be conceived as a backward looking methodology as it assumes that people’s past decisions in a (private) market setting reflect their normative ideas regarding their preferred future urban mobility system. Participatory Value Evaluation (PVE) is a novel evaluation approach specifically designed to overcome criticisms raised against conventional CBA while preserving the positive aspects that CBA brings to planning. In a PVE, individuals are conceptualized as co-owners of the government instead of consumers of public goods. Citizens are asked to choose the best portfolio of transport projects with corresponding impacts for society and themselves given a budget constraint. Subsequently, PVE establishes the social welfare effects of government projects through advanced discrete choice modelling. In the seminar I will illustrate the PVE method with a case study on the evaluation of a transport investment scheme of the Transport Authority Amsterdam. In total 2,498 citizens participated in the PVE. We find that projects with a positive social welfare effect focus on safety and improvements for cyclists and pedestrians, whereas projects with a negative welfare effects focus on reductions of travel times for car users. Moreover, we establish that PVE captures citizens’ preferences towards broader goals of transport planning such as promoting cycling, trying to get people out of their car and improving health and the environment. PVE also allows for the inclusion of citizens’ ethical considerations such as ‘spatial equality’ and ‘keep promises’. After presenting the case study I would like to discuss how we could deploy PVE for better measuring the societal value of smart public transport solutions.

Speaker Biography

Niek Mouter is an assistant professor of Infrastructure Policy Appraisal at TU Delft’s Transport & Logistics group, with a background in transport economics (MSc) and philosophy of law (LLM). His research focuses on the inclusion of ethical considerations in appraisal methods, such as the Cost-Benefit Analysis, and improving the usability of appraisal methods for politicians, civil servants and other stakeholders. He (co)developed new appraisal approaches such as ‘willingness to allocate public budget experiments’ and ‘Participatory Value Evaluation’ (PVE). More information about PVE (in Dutch) can be found on the website www.tudelft.nl/pwe.

Presentation:

The slides used for the seminar can be found here.

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