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Opinion of tools

Name der Fallstudie
Helsinki Metropolitan Area Transport System Plan (PLJ 2002
Verkehrsplanung für den Großraum Helsinki (PLJ 2002)

Name of tool
Multi-criteria analysis -(Helsinki Metropolitan Area Council (YTV))

Opinion of tool - argumentation for choosing the tool
The tool was implemented on a voluntary basis and not requested by anybody. The complexity of decision making process had to be assisted with some procedure to simplify the problems and find the answers.</p> <p>The experts working in the Council office took the initiative of choosing the tool, and although common knowledge existed of other tools, there were no tools available exactly fitting in the local circumstances; adaptation was needed in any case, and therefore Multi-criteria analysis was the tool used.</p>

Opinion of tool - barriers for the tool implementation
The huge amount of information needed on all the possible future transport investments, calculation of the impacts of measures investigated; various steps were needed to compare all the strategic alternatives with each others and against the former ones.

Opinion of tool - assessment by tool users
Improvements were not necessarily measurable, but in any case clear improvements were achieved: the quality of the final strategy and the measures included in it increased because there was sufficient knowledge on the impacts all the time, and data to support the proposed solutions.

There were no spin offs or unintended consequences. The procedure was familiar from the former planning circles and only developed further.

Assessing the impacts of all the measures studied and comparing the impacts to the development objectives through the whole process, from the first beginning, is very useful. Difficult part is to figure the chains of the impacts: there are more and more aspects all the time which should be included, and the impact of them to each others should be understood.

There is potential for further use of the tool. The next procedure of same kind is soon beginning: the strategy will be updated soon using the same, but further developed method. Finally, rather similar procedures will be more and more common in Finland at least, using almost the same transport policy objectives: this gives comparability and synergy.

Opinion of tool - reviewer\'s assessment
Very useful, an excellent way to keep a complicated planning process with several stake-holders in hand and achieve sustainability. In the final decision-making, however, the strategic alternatives didn't play as important role as it was expected: the politicians were more interested in particular investments than the overall strategies. Simplifying and clarifying the results is a challenge in future, too.

Welche Tools wurden verwendet, um Nachhaltigkeit zu beurteilen?

Multi-criteria analysis -(Helsinki Metropolitan Area Council (YTV))

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