Supporting Evidence-Based Policy Making

EFEU plays a lead role in supporting evidence-based policy-making across the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. Evidence-based policy-making refers to the analysis of policy choices based on objective evidence and research. This is achieved through ensuring both that high quality empirical evidence is available and accessible, and also that this evidence is used to inform the policy-making process.

Information on recent projects can be accessed via the links below.


Evidence Base – DttaS Data Strategy

Data is used in the operation, monitoring, delivery and evaluation of large elements of the Department’s work. As such, the availability of timely high-quality data is, increasingly, a critical part of this work. EFEU has led the development of a Data Strategy to inform and improve the role played by data in the Department’s work for the period 2017-2019. The document contains an overview of the current status of data within the Department, identifies a number of areas for improvement and sets out an action plan.

The Strategy and supporting documents including appendix are available below.


Informing Policy Actions – Strategic Analysis

In addition to assisting the broader department through analytical support for ongoing project work, EFEU takes a lead role on certain policy projects. Typically these involve papers, briefs or analysis of a technical nature. A key example of this is the unit’s work on the ‘Strategic Framework for Investment in Land Transport’.  The document, produced in conjunction with an expert steering group, presents an evidence-based framework to guide future investment in the road and rail network.