Research Papers

Introduction to the Traffic Injury Research Foundation's Community Learning Centre

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Date added July 10, 2018
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Category 2018 CARSP XXVIII Victoria
Tags Policy and Practice, Session 7A
Author/Auteur Johnson, Robertson, Hing, Vanlaar
Stream/Volet Policy and Practice
Slidedeck Presentation Only (no paper submitted)

7A - Johnson

Abstract

Compared with national and/or provincial-based road safety initiatives, community road safety programs have the potential to achieve some, or all, of the following objectives:
* Creating an informed community to raise the relevance of road safety issues;
* Mobilising local resources and encouraging the community to take ownership of, and involvement in, road safety;
* Identifying specific local priorities/issues and targeting resources to promote effective action;
* Encouraging local government to adopt a safe system approach complementing and enhancing provincial or national objectives to integrate activities;
* Increase the priority of road safety within the community;
* Encourage stakeholders to include road safety in their planning;
* Influence the community to adopt safe road user behaviours; and,
* Monitor and measure progress and outcomes of programs.

The Community Learning Centre has been developed to meet the needs of a wide spectrum of diverse stakeholders. A key component of the Community Learning Centre is the Community Assessment Tool (CAT), a comprehensive, web-based tool designed to: assess the progress that a community is making towards achieving 5-star community status; identify which measures in the various strategies have been implemented in the community; and identify areas where greater efforts are required to achieve the 5-star community status. Ultimately the outcome will be a clear picture of possible changes required and the identification of the expertise and resources required to achieve the 5-star status. There are many stakeholders and partners who can contribute to road safety in communities in a variety of ways. This will vary greatly between communities. All of these groups will find their own role within the community road safety strategy. The web site is currently under development. It includes sections on:

1. International best practice
2. The Community Assessment Tool and Users Guide
3. Community Planning Tools
4. Community Partner - roles and responsibilities.

This section also includes another "on-line" tool, similar in nature to the Community Assessment Tool, with a focus on Safe Routes to School (and similar programs). An online user guide and assessment tool have also been developed to guide the selection of stakeholders and the collection of relevant data that can be used to create a baseline measure of community road safety strategies and programs.
> User Guide. This tool contains criteria to inform the selection of stakeholders who should participate in the assessment, and identify how and when the assessment should be conducted. It also introduces users to the checklist to gauge knowledge, action and commitment of partners to improve road safety, as well as their capacity and capability.
> It is based on a systematic approach that adheres to Safe System principles. The guide also provides access to more detailed information about key topics.
> Community assessment tool. This checklist guides users through a series of questions related to different priority areas related to road safety in the community. Responses are based on a 5-point scale to indicate the status of existing practices in relation to each area.