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NISTO Toolkit
NISTO Toolkit

Application Area

  • Data gathering
  • Appraisal and assessment

Tool Type

  • Guidance document / Manual
  • Indicator set
  • Method / Approach
  • Software

Target Audience

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



The aim of the NISTO evaluation toolkit is to provide an easy-to-use set of tools for practitioners to evaluate small-scale mobility projects. The toolkit consists of two online evaluation tools for the assessment of sustainability and stakeholder preferences. In addition, guidance documents are provided on the use of these tools, target monitoring and converting data collected by smartphones or other sensors into indicators that can be used for the evaluation.


The online evaluation tools and the documentation are accessible on the website

The NISTO toolkit has been designed for transport planners, local and regional authorities, researchers and non-governmental organisations, who want to appraise different options to solve a mobility-related problem in the urban or regional context. It is particularly suited for the early assessment of alternatives when detailed data is not yet available about the impacts of the interventions.

The evaluation tools provide a ranking of alternative solutions based on a set of sustainability criteria and on stakeholders’ preferences using the PROMETHEE method (‘Preference Ranking Organisation Method for Enrichment Evaluations’, derived from cost-benefit analysis, see

These rankings can guide decision-makers when taking a decision for one of the options. The tools therefore do not take over the responsibility of taking the decision itself. The rankings suggested are not ultimate, since considerations that are not covered by this toolkit (e.g. politics, duration of the implementation, synergies with other projects or plans) may also be relevant for the decision-makers.

Good Example

The NISTO Toolkit has been used to evaluation projects such as BikePrint, Breda (NL) – Cycléco, Boulogne-sur-Mèr (FR) – i54 Travel information improvement, Birmingham (UK) – MeineCardPlus, Northern Hesse (GER) – RouteCoach, Leuven (BE)

Input Data

project alternatives, relevant stakeholders, data on project baseline, data on future estimation - collected/ estimated

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