Research and Benchmarking

Research Clubs and Forums

Details of the Future Highways Research Club, which has been extant since 2014, are set out below. In partnership with ADEPT, Proving will soon be launching two new Research Clubs:

  1. Future Waste & Recycling Research Club – Autumn 2018
  2. Future Heritage, Culture & Tourism Research Club – Spring 2019

Each Research Club will be underpinned by a Value for Money (VfM) Benchmarking Club, allowing members to benchmark their VfM position against that of their peers and equipping them with sector leading tools to deliver continuous value for money improvement.

For further details of the partnership with ADEPT and the benefits for ADEPT members see Adept & Proving Services Research & Benchmarking Clubs

To apply for membership of any of our Research Clubs or for further information, please contact Simon Wilson

Proving Services re-launched its Future Highways Research Club (FHRC) in October 2017. The FHRC provides a forum for the most innovative thought leaders across the local authority highways sector to convene at Cranfield University and:

  • Share good practice arising from the strategic transformation programmes they are pursuing using the approaches, tools and operating models developed through the first generation FHRC.
  • Debate and develop the research programme for this next generation FHRC. Our 2017 and beyond programme includes a focus on:
    • achieving and demonstrating continuous value for money improvement
    • how authorities can best commercialise their highways assets including how best to exploit the opportunities presented by the electronic vehicle and 5G communication era
    • best practice communication and effective community engagement
    • developing the concept of ‘mutuality’, that is re-defining the traditional relationships with private sector providers to focus on a bi-lateral set of values and objectives that satisfy the needs of all parties and make for healthier and more effective business relationships.

The FHRC continues to meet regularly at Cranfield; each member is pioneering research into one or more of the above themes and the toolkits and methodologies developed are then shared with the sector. The FHRC last met on 26th September 2018 with guest speakers including BT Chargemaster and Nokia. The FHRC will meet again on 13th December 2018 with Vodaphone amongst the speakers. Associate membership of the FHRC is free for all ADEPT members with the following organisations represented as full members of the FHRC:

  • Highways Magazine
  • Barnet Council
  • Buckinghamshire County Council
  • Derby City Council
  • Derbyshire County Council
  • Dorset County Council
  • Essex County Council
  • Lincolnshire County Council
  • Milton Keynes Borough Council
  • Oxfordshire County Council
  • Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Somerset County Council
  • Staffordshire County Council
  • Suffolk County Council
  • Surrey County Council
  • West Sussex County Council

Download Here: Future Highways Research Prospectus (2017 – 2018)

Industry Insights

Proving Services writes monthly articles for Highways Magazine which capture the practices being applied by the leading innovators in the sector and also horizon scan for the next significant challenges and opportunities. These articles are also published here on our website:

Future Operating Model for Highways

Highways Transformation versus Reformation

Options for Future Service Delivery

Effective Communications