Currently I'm working at an organisation that has an over reliance on re-direct tests, I understand that in certain circumstances this method is effective but currently around 80% of our tests are set up in this way. Obviously running a re-direct test involves building a new page and really slows down the entire testing process.
In my mind I see three tiers of tests
Basic VEC tests that can be done by a non-dev, this would include text, Imagery and minor layout changes
These tests include the above and introducing new sections into the page and more major layout changes
This would be major changes to the page or even a full page re-design
Currently we would default to a re-direct test for anything that fell into tier 2 or tier 3 (above), what I would like to understand is for a tier 2 (partial re-design) and a tier three test (full page re-design) what would be the most efficient way of running this test without a re-direct test?