Evidence Common Practice Reader

Basic Information



Latest update


free download

Application time

no application

Assistance required

no assistance required

Assistance data

no (see above)

Tool type

Guidance document / Manual

Application area

  • Appraisal and assessment

Target Audience

  • Small cities
  • Medium-sized cities
  • Large cities
  • Metropolitan regions


The EVIDENCE Common Practice Reader intends to convey a better understanding of:

  • the challenge in determining a project’s viability;
  • the role of project appraisal (most commonly cost-benefit analyses, also known as CBAs) in decision-making at urban level;
  • and the role Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) play in project prioritisation.

Although not the only method available, CBA is often used by policy makers to justify substantial transport project investment in cities. However, it is often only used for major infrastructure projects and even then, it is a process that does not always provide a complete picture of true benefits, providing the monetary but not always the social and environmental impact or benefits.

SUMPs provide the opportunity for an initial assessment of the potential cost and benefits in the measure selection process, and thereby provide an opportunity to test the performance of alternative measures at an early stage of decision making. SUMPs bundle together complementary and mutually reinforcing measures into an integrated package and thereby stimulate return on investment.

Good Example

It is in introduction into appraisal techniques, it does not intend concrete application.

.eu web awards
European Mobility Week
Smart Cities Marketplace
EU Logo

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of CINEA. Neither the European Union nor CINEA can be held responsible for them.

This website is hosted by an environmentally-friendly server provider.