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EMMA Evaluating measures to enhance the mobility of older and disabled people
This six-month feasibility study seeks to identify potentially fruitful approaches to the development of methodologies for the evaluation of measures intended to enhance the mobility of older and disabled people, in line with the commitment set out in the 10 Year Transport Plan. The study involves three parallel tasks: 1. Assessing the feasibility and value of developing an Index of Mobility. The concept of mobility is not well defined, nor is there a generally useful means by which it can be measured. It is possible that examination of the travel time budgets of individuals, particularly for time spent in voluntary movement, may provide the basis for an index of mobility that reflects age and disability. Interventions to enhance mobility could then be assessed and compared by the impact on the mobility index. 2. Scoping the requirements for developing Inclusive Design Guidance. It is necessary to see the journey as a whole, to identify the key events in the accessible journey chain, and to assess how all the significant barriers could best be tackled. The question for this feasibility study is whether a generic approach might be developed which would, as its outcome, allow valid general advice to be provided to those responsible for the planning and design of measures aimed at enhancing the mobility of older and disabled people. 3. Exploring issues relating to Mobility and Accessibility. The provision of accessible facilities in or close to home may have negative as well as positive effects and the balance between these need to be considered. The project team will also consider the means to evaluate potential savings in the provision of domiciliary services through measures to enhance mobility. The project will consist of literature reviews, detailed interviews and an examination of existing data. The analysis of the resulting information will permit conclusions to be drawn about the feasibility of a methodology to evaluate mobility and accessibility.
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