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Provide a systematic approach to analysing complex transport challenges

Published: 07/10/2018
Part 1 Strategy [1] - I described the five
> steps in addressing transport challenges (S.A.I.D.D.), and outlined
> the first step, Strategy. , Thus Article will discuss  "Analysis".
>
> PART 2: ANALYSIS
>
> ANALYSIS means identifying and describing the specific problem(s)
> being faced and getting an understanding of the underlying cause and
> effect relationships.
>
> AVOIDING MISTAKES
>
> In the article: _How can you avoid transport policy mistakes? [2]_ I
> discussed the key mistakes that transport professionals experience
> when solving complex challenges:
>
> * Problem-Solution Thinking - also see article _How to avoid
> problem-solution thinking [3] _
> * Forgetting key stakeholder perspectives
> * Ill-defined problem statement
>
> RATIONAL APPROACH
>
> There are numerous analysis methodologies, including rationality,
> incrementalism and evidence-based. The _rational approach_ involves
> formulating the problem which leads you to ask a number of questions:
>
> * what is going on?
> * why did the issue arise?
> * who is affected by the issue?
> * how much time and money is appropriate to spend on solving the
> problems
> * what are the alternative solution options?
> * when is it appropriate to take action?
>
> To be able to assess potential solutions requires decision criteria to
> be established, considering practicality, acceptability, relevance and
> cost, along with other aspects.
>
> DRIVERS OF TRANSPORT ISSUES
>
> Transport is primarily a _derived demand_- a result of the movement of
> people and goods for economic and social purposes to satisfy a need.
>
> It is therefore important to understand the drivers of demand as this
> impacts future transport trends.
>
> Many factors affect transport including economic, social and
> demographic trends, legal and political issues.
>
> DEFINING PROBLEMS
>
> Careful definition and scoping of transport challenges is critical to
> success.
>
> A well defined problem statement has the following elements - the
> _undesired_situation, the future _desired_situation, the _gap_and in
> getting from one to the other, what is the _downside_.
>
> To illustrate, traffic congestion is an _undesired situation_and more
> reliable traffic flow is a _desired situation_, however as there are
> often competing interests by different actors, the _downside_means not
> everyone wins.
>
> See article: How can we tame the wicked traffic congestion problem?
> [4]
>
> THE ANALYST'S TOOLKIT
>
> There are many tools available to analyse transport challenges, to
> suggest a few:
>
> * economic analysis, such as using benefit-cost analysis
> * social analysis, such as using multi-criteria analysis
> * environmental impact analysis
>
> My suggested tools are tried and tested approaches.
>
> PESTEL Analysis is a simple and widely used strategic tool to analyse
> macro factors, considering current and emerging Political, Economic,
> Social, Technological, Environmental and Legal challenges.
>
> This is a very useful tool that is readily understood and can assist
> in stakeholder and community workshops to move from the controversial
> present to a considered future.
>
> The second tool is SWOT Analysis. Again a simple and well used
> approach, but very powerful. _SWOT_stands for Strengths, Weaknesses,
> Opportunities and Threats.
>
> SWOT has a different focus to PESTEL Analysis, as its focus is the
> tactical level, so the two tools complement each other and should be
> used together. Again a useful tool to engage stakeholders.
>
> KEY CONCEPTS
>
> * carefully define and scope transport challenges
> * consider all key stakeholder interests in your particular
> challenge
> * avoid problem-solution thinking
> * use a rational approach to solving transport challenges
> * utilise tools such as PESTEL and SWOT to analyse challenges
>
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> Transport Challenges [5]_
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