In 2015, AT Osborne carried out an evaluation for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment of the contracts for measures within the Beter Benutten 1 programme.
The aim of the evaluation was to share policy dilemmas, learning experiences and best practices in the area of collaboration, tendering and contracting between the Beter Benutten regions. The regions can then apply this experience later when setting up collaborations within the follow-up programme Beter Benutten Vervolg.
During a number of Beter Benutten projects, AT Osborne has encountered some policy dilemmas, learning experiences and best practices in the area of tendering and contracts. Projects that are covered by the study include Spookfiles (“ghost” queues caused by traffic behaviour), Marketplace for Mobility and SLIM Uit de Spits (avoiding rush-hours). The inventories of these dilemmas and experiences were then collected and translated into advice for the regions and the ministry to apply to the contracts for the Beter Benutten Vervolg programme.
The study looked firstly at the strategic issue of the intended form of the collaboration between (central and local) authorities, the market and the users of mobility services. On a tactical level, we looked at resolving identified policy dilemmas. On an operational level the research focused on comparing different (innovative) tendering and contract methods. One of the results of the project was the creation of a legal framework that helps to determine when a public contract, a subsidy or a mixed form should be used.
By carrying out this evaluation, AT Osborne has helped to promote the exchange of useful learning experiences between the different regions in the Beter Benutten programme. Alongside this evaluation, AT Osborne has worked on many other projects in the Beter Benutten programme, including Spitsvrij (no rush-hour), ITS In-Car travel information services, the SLIM rush-hour avoidance programme and the Marketplace for Mobility.