Report 2: Assessing Usability of Accessibility Intruments

The second report has been produced in April 2014 and can be previewed and downloaded below. Report 2_coverIt introduces the outcomes of the second stage of the COST Action TU1002 ‘Accessibility Instruments for Planning Practice in Europe’.









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It presents the results of a number of experiential workshops with local planning practitioners. In these workshops, these practitioners, first experienced and then reflected on the usability of accessibility instruments. These workshops were promoted by developers of accessibility instruments from different European countries (and Australia).

The report also presents the workshop methodology developed for this research. In order to produce a scientifically valid analysis of usability of the different accessibility instruments, we needed to compare the results across workshops in different countries with often very different contexts.

The report begins by presenting a discussion on the current implementation gap of accessibility instruments . It provides a detailed description of the workshop methodology (the ‘workshop protocol’) and the methods for data collection and analysis.

The qualitative reports of the local workshops are also presented.

And followed by quantitative and general analysis of the surveys follows.

Lastly, it examines the findings, distils the key conclusions and shares some suggestions for further research.

The report provides valuable new contributions to the already extensive, ongoing debate on the usability of accessibility-based planning support instruments by highlighting the perspective of their potential users—the planning practitioners. We hope that this research will launch a debate on how to improve their application in everyday planning practice.

About the COST Program

COST is an intergovernmental framework for european Cooperation and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. More information here.

About the COST Domain TUD

TUD fosters research coordination in the fields of transport and the built environment, which play a strategic role in the modern society and economy. More information here.

About this Action

Accessibility concepts are increasingly acknoledged as fundamental to understand the functioning of cities and urban regions. More information here.