About the MPN

The Netherlands Mobility Panel (MPN) studies trends in the travel behaviour of a fixed group of individuals and households over a long period. This research is carried out by a team of researchers from KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment).

What is the objective of the MPN?

The Netherlands Mobility Panel (in Dutch: MobiliteitsPanel Nederland (MPN)) aims to map changes in travel behaviour of a specific group of people and households over an extended period of time. The MPN can therefore identify the relationship between changes in travel behaviour, personal and household characteristics, and other mobility-influencing factors.

What do researchers learn from the MPN?

With the MPN, researchers can answer the following research questions:

  • How do changes in people’s lives, such as changing jobs, births of children or divorce, influence travel behaviour?
  • How do changes in purchasing behaviour and ownership and use of cars, bicycles and public transport develop over time?
  • How does people’s preferences in terms of transport modes, homes and lifestyle influence travel behaviour?
  • How do changes in spatial environment, such as new train stations, bicycle stalls or parking regulations, influence travel behaviour?

The focus remains on those changes in the lives of individuals and households that have consequences for their travel behaviour.

What can the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment do with this knowledge?

With the MPN, there are subsequently greater insights available into the factors that play roles in changing people’s travel behaviour. Moreover, we subsequently know more about the mobility of various groups of Dutch people, for example, adolescents, families with small children, and elderly. When formulating policy, the Ministry can be more responsive to changes in mobility. Furthermore, these new insights can be included in modifications made to existing traffic and transport models. The government can use these models when taking decisions about traffic and transport investments.

Who works on the MPN?

The MPN is an initiative of the KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy. Kantar conducts the field work.

What does the MPN deliver?

Each year the MPN produces a set of data from the household questionnaires, the individual questionnaires and the travel diaries. The fieldwork report includes:

  • the questionnaires, travel diaries, survey instructions and reminders
  • a description of the sample design and sampling method
  • a description of the set-up and maintenance of the panel file
  • a description of the non-response analysis and the results obtained
  • a description of the data collection methods
  • an account of the data processing steps

Who can use the databases?

The MPN’s databases are made available for use by third parties via Survey Data Nederland each year in the autumn. The metadata and data can be consulted via the SDN site. The retrieval, consultation and use of the data is subject to certain restrictions and login information must be requested before any data may be retrieved. To protect the privacy of respondents, the data are stripped of all confidential or sensitive information.

How can I obtain access to the data?

The MPN data can be accessed only if you have the required login information. You can find information on how to obtain access to MPN data here.

Would you like to be kept informed of the research?

During the research period we offer regular insights into the research results via this site

The Netherlands Mobility Panel Explanimation

MPN - The Netherlands Mobility Panel Explanimation

The Netherlands Mobility Panel helps us to determine the role transport plays in the lives of millions of people in the Netherlands.

When people’s lives change, the way they get around changes too.
That provides us with important figures and insights.

Let’s take a look at Sandra and Robert’s family...

Sandra just started a new job at an office in the big city.

She used to enjoy cycling to work, but now she has to go by car every day.
That means she’s often stuck in traffic.

Which is annoying for Robert, because he has to cycle to the supermarket again.

Nowadays, he prefers to order online and have their groceries delivered at home.

When grandma and grandpa come over to baby-sit, they take the bus.
They used to cycle, but ever since grandpa had an accident, they haven’t felt like cycling anymore.
The Netherlands Mobility Panel’s findings give us insights into the relationship between changing personal circumstances and travel behaviour, and how it evolves over time.

These insights are used by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment to establish suitable policies for the future so we can keep the Netherlands moving smoothly, safely and comfortably.