The mission of NISTO is to create an evaluation framework for sustainable planning, which helps transport planners, authorities, researchers and non-governmental organisations to avoid decisions leading to a waste of financial resources as well as to fulfill determined targets.
What is the NISTO evaluation framework?
The NISTO evaluation framework offers methods for transport planners and policy makers to appraise small-scale mobility projects in terms of their sustainability, stakeholder preferences, societal impact and achievement of policy targets.
The framework combines different evaluation techniques like multi-criteria analysis (MCA), a simplified social cost-benefit analysis (SCBA), the multi-actor multi-criteria analysis (MAMCA) and target monitoring into a flexible framework.
NISTO builds upon the assumptions that the three pillars of sustainability (economy, environment, society) should be treated as equal and the preferences of the stakeholders should explicitly be considered in the evaluation.
The evaluation process is supported by a set of core and optional evaluation criteria and indicators that reflect the general understanding of the three pillars of sustainability as well as local project characteristics. These criteria and the related indicators are used throughout the evaluation process to appraise project options, monitor implementation and evaluate the outcomes.
What can the NISTO toolkit be used for?
The NISTO toolkit is designed for transport planners, 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 toolkit could, for example, be used for the appraisal of different implementation options of a bicycle rental scheme: automatic rental stations, staffed rental offices, point-to-point bike-sharing.
First the relevant stakeholders are selected, then the evaluation criteria, corresponding indicators and the policy targets to be achieved are identified based on the characteristics of the project. Following the first step, one or more of the evaluation tools are selected from the toolkit based on the attributes of the project (size, objectives of the evaluation, transport modes affected, stakeholders involved, project lifespan). After that data needs to be collected or estimated for the baseline as well as the future situations and it is entered into the toolkit software for evaluation.
The output of the evaluation will provide a score of the sustainability of each project option, the benefit-cost ratio, preference scores for stakeholders or an assessment of the potential achievement of the targets depending on the evaluation tool used.
This information will aid decision-makers in taking an informed decision that considers sustainability, social costs and benefits and stakeholder preferences.
When is it going to be available?
The toolkit is still in development as it is being fine-tuned through the monitoring and evaluation of five demonstration projects across North-West-Europe. After thorough testing, the toolkit will be presented to stakeholders in the partner countries in the last quarter of 2015. In November 2015 the toolkit will be available - online and free of charge.