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ncat launches first strategy for 2023 -2025

By 26 March 2024No Comments
Woman getting on bus. Text reads 'designing an accessible world for all. Shaping the future of accessible transport. ncat strategy 2023 - 2023

This week ncat are pleased to announce the release of our first strategy document outlining our ambitions for the next two years.

To read our strategy in original, large print, BSL, and Easy Read versions click here.

Our guiding principle is to shape the future of accessible transport and to deliver a more accessible world for all. The bottom line is that at present disabled people make 38% fewer journeys than non-disabled people. We are here to change that.

ncat’s strategy is to ensure that everything we do will start and finish with the views and experiences of disabled people. In taking this approach we will shape policy and practice to remove the barriers to safe and accessible transport. Our first strategy is called ‘Designing an accessible world for all’ in which we offer our vision on how we will work to make transport accessible for all.

We will provide high quality, human-centred evidence, insights, and tried and tested solutions. These will inform policy and strategy, and influence investment decisions by government, transport operators, and providers of mobility services.

ncat will define its research priorities and then commission projects in conjunction with external organisations to address the barriers to transport faced by disabled people. When door-to-door journeys are made easier and more accessible for disabled people, and the transport accessibility gap is being narrowed, then we will know we’re succeeding.

How ncat will deliver change

While our priorities and ways of working will evolve over time, they will always be grounded in removing barriers to access and meeting the needs of disabled people through inclusive design co-created with disabled people

We have organised our work into three main strategic objectives which we have termed: generate, translate and adopt. The first stage, generate, relates to the planning, collecting and reporting of real-world accessible transport-based evidence. We will meet this objective by embedding human-centred approaches and ensure transport issues faced by disabled people are heard.

The next stage, translate, relates to translating evidence into results, products and service applications that directly benefit disabled people. This, we will meet through a human-centred design focus and collaborative working/co-creating to deliver new transport solutions.

Finally: adopt. This relates to the adoption of evidence, innovative practices and solutions and policy to influence change for disabled people and stakeholders. This objective will be met through the consistent take-up of evidence-based practices, solutions and policy amongst disabled people and transport operators, policy makers and stakeholders.