A number of new resources have recently been added to road safety evaluation. These resources include a new e-valu-it question set, designed for those wishing to evaluate young driver interventions, a series of 11 webcasts to guide practitioners through each stage of the evaluation process, a question bank full of academically robust survey questions that can be used in evaluation questionnaires and a guide for practitioners who wish to design their own evidence-based road safety interventions.
An exciting opportunity has arisen to help design, deliver and promote RoSPA research and evaluation projects in our road safety department. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research and evaluation projects, offer evaluation advice and information to external stakeholders and maintain the content for our road safety evaluation website, www.roadsafetyevaluation.com. In addition the role will include analysing and interpreting data, writing factsheets and helping to run road safety projects and activities. Experience of evaluation techniques and analysing qualitative and quantitative data is essential, along with the ability to conduct research, and write and review research reports. You must also have excellent verbal and written communication skills. In addition you will be IT and computer literate and have knowledge of common statistical tests. Presentation skills and project management experience would be advantageous. Apply here.
An evaluation by RoSPA has revealed that Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership delivers long-term improvements to the attitudes of young drivers and passengers. Researchers from the charity discovered that sixth formers who participated in partnership workshops still displayed improved attitudes towards road safety 12 months after taking part. Matt Pickard from the road safety partnership said: “We’re encouraged by the fact that we’re making a lasting difference to young people’s attitudes towards driving - but we’re not complacent. We’ll be looking closely at RoSPA’s recommendations to see how we can make the workshops even more successful.” Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership will be presenting at RoSPA’s Road Safety Conference to help other’s understand the key to their success. The full evaluation report can be found here.
Dorset County Council wanted to understand how best to deploy temporary Speed Indicator Devices. These devices detect the speed that a vehicle is doing and display some form of alert when the vehicle is over the speed limit. The evaluation, therefore, set out to understand how often the devices should be deployed, and the length of deployment time, to determine the greatest benefit in speed reduction.
Earlier in the year we conducted a survey of E-valu-it users. We wanted to find out how users were interacting with the site, and what some of the key barriers were to finalising and publishing evaluation reports.
Road safety interventions that are based on good quality, robust evidence are something that we should all be striving for. With time and resource pressures, however, it can be difficult to gather the evidence and digest it. To help deal with this issue Dr Adrian Davis has put together a series of “Essential Evidence on a Page”. The series looks at topical transport issues. Each issue has the information summarised into a single page and is presented in a de-jargonised format.