AN INTRODUCTION TO HABITS

HABITS is an ambitious programme to ensure the delivery of impact. The purpose is to design improved policy to mitigate pollutant and inactivity related health burdens through new big data opportunities. Highlights include a policy design work-package that will be led by Newcastle City Council rather than the academic partners, an advisory group of public sector and academic participants that will oversee the project, and end-of-project mini conference to engage with other public sector stakeholders. This project will explore the potential of new Track and Trace (T&T) data to bring health sector benefits alongside transport and planning outcomes. NCC have expressed difficulties in identifying the wider benefits of transport initiatives, beyond the immediate tactical benefits and sustainability arguments. The Council require tools and data in order to be able to make broader arguments about activity-related health and pollutant exposure; thus allowing them to make stronger and more convincing cases for the schemes to take place.

Short-Term Impacts (during the project)

Three workshops that bring together stakeholders from NCC, the academy, and the wider public sector (T5.1). The workshops will also be opened to a wider group of stakeholders with interests in the field.

The public face of the project will be a website and an online demonstration tool.

Medium- and Long-Term Impacts (after the project)

The policy benefits that will emerge from the work of the project will only be realised to their full potential in the years after the project has concluded.

HABITS will produce new knowledge about how T&T data can be interfaced with existing transport models and planning tools that are used to design and evaluate policy. This knowledge will be created collaboratively with NCC so it will not only be relevant to the public sector, but it will also be accessible.

HABITS will generate new tools that can be used directly by others in the public (and private) sectors.