The Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis (Kennisinstituut voor Mobiliteitsbeleid, KiM) is concerned with policy studies and analysis, i.e. knowing more about transport. As an independent institute within the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, KiM carries out transport policy studies and analyses, which are used to strengthen the strategic knowledge base for policy-making.
KiM is part of the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, but its products and their content are independent of policy or politics. The policy departments of the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management and its Inspectorate are involved in programming the activities of KiM.
The reason for setting up KiM was the need within the policy departments of the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management and the Inspectorate for systematic, well-founded transport policy analyses and studies that are not swayed by the political issues of the day. The Lower House may also submit requests to KiM via the minister to carry out studies. KiM is largely demand-driven, meaning that KiM can be called in if a policy department and the Inspectorate require detailed information on transportation. KiM makes trend, scenario and cost-benefit analyses, as well as international comparisons.
KiM is oriented towards all forms of transport: passenger and goods transport by road, rail, water and air.
- an annual status report showing demands on transport and the capacity of infrastructure and transport services, including the effects on accessibility, the economy, safety, the environment and spatial planning;
- studies (including future studies) and scenario analyses;
- solicy evaluation of large projects and policy programmes;
- analyses of the influence of social developments on the transport market, the needs and preferences of people and companies in the field of transport, public interests and ways of securing them, etc;
- new programmes for collaborating with other governments and businesses.
In addition to research reports, KiM provides second opinions in the form of reports, policy documents and verbal recommendations. All KiM products are public.
KiM draws up a work programme annually. This starts with identifying the research requirements of policy departments and the Inspectorate of the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management. KiM also contributes its own research ideas at this stage. A work programme is then drafted on the basis of the research requirements identified. The draft work programme is then discussed in the Programme Council.
The Programme Council consists of representatives from the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, its Inspectorate and one or two external experts. The Council discusses the research requirements and advises the Secretary-General of the Ministry on the structure of the work programme. The document is made official by the Secretary-General.