MAESTRO - Transport Evaluation Guidelines for the 21 St Century
GREENSMITH C and JAMES N, Transport and Travel Research Ltd., UK
MAESTRO (Monitoring Assessment and Evaluation of Transport Policy Options in Europe) is a 21-month project funded by DG TREN, the Transport and Energy Directorate of the European Commission. The project began in January 1998 and was completed towards the
MAESTRO (Monitoring Assessment and Evaluation of Transport Policy Options in Europe) is a 21-month project funded by DG TREN, the Transport and Energy Directorate of the European Commission. The project began in January 1998 and was completed towards the end of 1999. The purpose of the project was to develop a common framework and methodology for the selection, design and evaluation of pilot and demonstration projects within the specific research programme on transport.
As a starting point for the MAESTRO project, a detailed review of state of the art work in the field of transport evaluation was undertaken, taking account of existing trans-national, national and local appraisal frameworks and methodologies. This analysis revealed that guidelines tended to concentrate on specific stages and processes within a project. It was discovered that no comprehensive guidelines existed to provide practical assistance throughout the entire lifecycle of a pilot or demonstration project.
The role of MAESTRO, drawing on the best practice examples gleaned from the review, was to bridge the evaluation gap by producing a set of guidelines which would be applicable at all stages throughout the lifecycle of a demonstration project. The Consortium, a strong team of evaluation experts from across Europe, brought a wealth of expertise to the project, to ensure that the final product is based on best practice from all the member countries. The Consortium are in agreement that the key output from the project, the MAESTRO Guidelines, provide a comprehensive evaluation framework and are the first guidelines that are readily applicable at all stages of a project lifecycle.
Association for European Transport