Evaluation: RSOs need more help

09.52 | 6 September 2011 | | 1 comment

Road safety practitioners need more practical help and support in evaluating their road safety education, training and publicity (ETP) interventions, according to a survey of users of the E-valu-it toolkit.

Developed by RoSPA and the DfT, the E-valu-it website was launched in December 2010 to help road safety practitioners evaluate their ETP activities.

An on-line survey was emailed to registered users of E-valu-it with the results displayed in a short report. Almost half of respondents said they found the desired information ‘most of the time’; two-thirds said they had created one or more projects within the toolkit, and had read their ‘E-valu-it’ recommendations; and 80% said they found the recommendations ‘somewhat/quite’ helpful.

To help practitioners use the website, and for general evaluation queries, an on-line discussion forum is freely available on LinkedIn. The group is called: Roadsafetyevaluation.com.

Click here to see the report in full or for more information contact: lsimkins@rospa.com


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    It is, of course, brilliant that RoSPA, supported by DfT, have developed this excellent resource (credit to Lindsey Simkins), and really important that RS practitioners are endeavouring to discern whether what they do works, for whom, and when.

    In Scotland a number of local ‘evaluation champions’ have been designated to facilitate peer support and discussion, and Kathleen Braidwood of RoSPA Scotland (kbraidwood@ROSPA.com) and Kate Wheaton of Road Safety Scotland (Kate.Wheaton@transportscotland.gsi.gov.uk) have the details.

    Otherwise, seek professional advice on evaluation design and statistics from caring and competent RS academics such as Drs Lisa Dorn and Julie Gandolfi at Cranfield, Dr Cris Burgess at Exeter, Dr Fiona Fylan at Leeds Met and brainbox research, Dr Helen Scott at Sunderland, Dr Carol Holland at Aston, Drs Shaun Helman, Neale Kinnear, Britta Lang and numerous colleagues at TRL, Dr David Crundall at Nottingham, Dr Terry Lansdown at Heriot-Watt, Dr Michael Gormley at Trinity, Dublin, Dr Paul Broughton at owl research (for P2W riders), Dr Nicola Christie at Surrey, Profs Mark Connor and Oliver Carsten at Leeds, Prof Frank McKenna at Reading or, ahem, an emeritus professor with a continuing interest in RS research currently residing in Timperley.

    Steve Stradling, Timperley, Greater Manchester
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