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Maximising the Impact of Evaluation in Road Safety

Wilkinson, R, Barnes, B, Walker, E


ARSC conference 2016

EXTENDED ABSTRACTD: Evaluation should be a key input to road safety policy-making, and developing and improving countermeasures. There is broad consensus on this, but evaluation utilisation is by no means universal. This paper presents the perspective of a road safety agency on its practice of evaluation. It draws on nine interviews with a range of agency staff, and lessons learnt through experience. It discusses the most common barriers to evaluation utilisation, and explores practices that maximise the chance of evaluation findings being translated into policy decisions and practice. Key findings include scope, focus and reporting.