Impact assessment methodology for urban transport innovations - A handbook for local practitioners

Basic Information



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Free of charge

Application time

One day to one week, depending on depth of interaction

Assistance data

Knowledge about a city’s mobility problems, policy goals and ideas for potential measures. Also clear view about criteria by which measures should be assessed.

Tool type

Guidance document / Manual Method / Approach

Application area

  • Other

Target Audience

  • Other


Currently, transport project assessments vary greatly from city to city. Many cities even have no predefined guidelines or regulations for transport policy assessment. The SOLUTIONS/UEMI assessment method has been developed to fill this gap and to improve the understanding of the likely impacts of a wide range of innovative policy measures considering local priorities and goals. The tool is a further development of a tool, which has previously been developed for the EU FP7 project TIDE (

Qualitative criteria to capture the effects of mobility measures are often neglected in conventional assessments due to the difficulties associated with assessing them. However, such criteria can significantly influence the value of introducing policies so should be included in an assessment wherever feasible. Doing so can even lead to an otherwise negative assessment to become positive. For this reason, the SOLUTIONS/UEMI assessment method allows policy measures to be assessed for both their qualitative and quantified criteria.

Key characteristics of the SOLUTIONS/UEMI assessment method:

  • It can be used to assess the impact of a proposed measure on society as a whole (considering economic, social and environmental impacts).
  • It combines the measures’ performance in quantitative and qualitative criteria into one overall performance score.
  • It can provide monetary/economic viability indicators if appropriate data is available.
  • The qualitative and quantitative criteria can be selected and set to reflect local conditions, concerns and priorities.
  • It provides graphical presentations of the results in both disaggregated and aggregate forms.

For a more in-depth description of the tool and the reasoning behind it, please see the TIDE IMPACT ASSESSMENT HANDBOOK (

Further documentation and material:

•             Spreadsheet tool

•             Spreadsheet tool with example for electric buses

•             User manual

•             Accompanying instructions

•             Complimentary Impact Assessment Handbook

Thematic areas

Active mobility
  • Walking
  • Cycling

Collective passenger transport & shared mobility
  • Ride sharing
  • Car sharing
  • Bike sharing
  • Accessibility
  • Intermodality
  • Ticketing and tariffs
  • Service improvements

Clean & energy-efficient vehicles
Demand & urban space management

Behavioural change & mobility management
  • Mobility marketing and awareness raising
  • Mobility Planning
Road safety & security

Urban logistics

Integrated & inclusive planning
  • Spatial planning / land-use planning
Public participation & co-creation


TIDE consortium; Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

Lead of the tool development: TIDE

kain.glensor [at] hanna.hueging


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