Tools and other useful resources

Signpost showing walking route
Online sources of further information on health and transport


WHO/Europe Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT) (external link)
Tool designed to assist in the economic assessment of the health benefits of walking or cycling by estimating the value of reduced mortality that results from specified amounts of walking or cycling.

Public Health Outcomes Framework Data Tool (external link) 
Tool for comparing local authorities by their performance against each of the Public Health Outcome Framework Measures.

Standard Evaluation Framework for physical activity interventions (external link)
Tool for evaluating the effectiveness of walking and cycling projects.

Other useful resources

A Beginner's Guide to the Health Reforms
In 2013, with support from public health and transport specialist Dr Adrian Davis and Sustrans, pteg published a briefing, 'What do the health reforms mean for PTEs?' setting out the changes that were underway and the opportunities these presented for transport authorities. Dr Davis also produced three additional briefings covering Health and Wellbeing Boards, Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and the Public Health Outcomes Framework. The entire suite of briefings is available via the link above.

Money well spent? Assessing the cost effectiveness and return on investment of public health interventions (external link)
Local Government Association briefing for councillors and officers explaining the importance of assessing value for money in helping local authorities fulfil their public health responsibilities.

Public Health Responsibility Deal (external link) 
Organisations can sign up to the Deal and commit to take action to improve public health.

Improving the health of Londoners (February 2014)
Chapter 10 of this report is a useful list of tools and resources available for understanding and demonstrating the role of transport in health.


Association of Directors of Public Health
Representative body of Directors of Public Health in the UK.

Department of Health
Links to the public health section of the DH website.

Faculty of Public Health
The FPH is the standard setting body for specialists in public health in the United Kingdom. The organisation also campaigns for better public health policy and is a useful source of reports and briefings.

Healthy Places
Website from the UK Health Forum explaining the operation of laws that could enable, or restrict, local government and community activity that affects the healthiness of a place.

Public Health England
An executive agency of the Department of Health, set up to support local authorities in their public health role, providing expertise from across the health system.

Public Health England Obesity website
Provides a single point of contact for wide-ranging authoritative information on data, evaluation and evidence related to weight and its determinants.

UK charity working with families, communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people are able to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in.

UK Health Forum
The UK Health Forum, a registered charity, is both a UK Forum and an international centre for the prevention of non-communicable diseases including coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.