Audits and research

Audits and research

About this activity

Suitable for all nurseries and schools.

Carry out audits and research to help prove that your travel activities have been successful, or to provide an answer to why your efforts to improve have been less successful than you’d hoped. You can also use the results to provide evidence for resourcing needs to your senior management or for external funding applications, or to promote your school’s active travel work in the local press.

Your research could include follow-up questionnaires on active travel events or surveying parents/carers about their knowledge of sustainable travel, for example. Or it could involve an on-street audit to count traffic or interview people who live within your school’s vicinity (see Sustrans' Big Street Survey resource for inspiration).

Work with your Junior Travel Ambassadors (JTA) or school travel working group to identity the question you want to answer through your research, who to involve and the best way to collect the information you need.

How to evidence your activity

  • Involve your borough officer: Share your ideas, agree your targets and discuss any challenges you face
  • Record the feedback from those surveyed
  • Sign in to STARS to tell your story. Explain your activity, include copies of any surveys or audits and the results. Also add photos of your research in action

Activity steps

What do you need to know?
With your colleagues, senior management, borough officer, JTA or school travel working group identify the question you want to answer through your audit or research
Get planning
Decide who is best positioned to answer your questions - do you need to collect information from pupils, staff, parents/carers or the wider school community? How and what will you ask them?
Promote your work
Tell the school community about what you’re planning in an assembly, in the school’s newsletter on or its website – this is a good opportunity to ask for more participants or any other help you need to make your research a success
Carry out your research – collect responses from participants and bring all the results together to analyse your findings
Check for success
Did you answer your question? Record feedback and present your findings and use them to plan the next steps
Tell your story
Add your story to the STARS website and feedback to your borough officer


  • Consultation

This activity counts towards:

  • Consultation

How it helps

  • Encourages whole school participation
  • Encourages whole school participation
  • Supports silver accreditation
  • Supports silver accreditation