Smarter choices, smarter places programme

Smarter choices, smarter places programme

In August 2008 the Scottish Government announced a programme of ‘Sustainable Travel Demonstration Communities’ to showcase ways of saving people money, improving their health, building stronger communities and improving the environment. This project evaluated those impacts. The health economics component focused on changes in physical activity directly or indirectly associated with the programme and the impact of these on health. A difference-in-difference analysis was carried out on survey data and demonstrated that the SCSP programme had an effect on physical activity.

Outcome and Translation

The project results demonstrated effects of the programme on active travel and physical activity. Transport Scotland provided further funding to local authorities to build on the success of the SCSP Programme.

HERU researchers involved in this research project: Anne Ludbrook, Shelley Farrar and Patricia Norwood

External researchers: J Anable, D Haldane, J Nelson (School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen) and J Parker (Integrated Transport Planning Ltd)

Publications

Derek Halden Consultancy, University of Aberdeen and Integrated Transport Planning (2013) Going Smarter: Final Report. Report for Transport Scotland. March 2013. [pdf]

Norwood, P., Eberth, B., Farrar, S., Anable, J. and Ludbrook, A. (2014) 'Active travel intervention and physical activity behaviour: an evaluation', Social Science & Medicine, 113, 50-58.

Presentations

Norwood, P., Eberth, B., Farrar, S., Anable, G. and Ludbrook, A. (2013) 'Active travel intervention and physical activity behaviour: an evaluation', Scottish Faculty of Public Health Conference, Dunblane, 7-8 November 2013.