This evaluation assesses the value to end users of research published by the Transport Agency between 2011 and 2016. ‘Value’ is defined as the importance of the research programme to individual end users as well as the transport sector more broadly. The evaluation also identifies barriers and enablers to the uptake and use of findings; and the extent to which the Transport Agency’s mechanisms for disseminating and promoting research findings work for end users. The evaluation is a follow-up to a study conducted in 2011.
The findings show the research continues to be of substantial value to end users in all areas of the transport sector. Respondents value practical, innovative New Zealand-based solutions to their issues. There is more conceptual ‘use’ and less evidence of research being used to inform decision making, programme/policy formation and/or improvement. This in part is due to the roles respondents have in organisations and the extent to which they are positioned to apply findings in their work.
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Keywords: dissemination, influence, research use, utilisation, value