Research professionals, worldwide, analyze safety data to assess the extent, investigate the circumstances, and determine the causes of transportation-related deaths and injuries. The results of their analyses inform the selection, development, and implementation of safety policies and specific countermeasures for hazards in all modes of transportation.
Although data analysis is essential for the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of transportation safety countermeasures and policies, improvements are needed:
These deficiencies currently constrain the processes of discovery and evaluation required to optimize the productivity of transportation safety research. The constraint has an adverse impact on the potential effectiveness of transportation safety programs.
The goal of this project is to increase the extent to which analyses of transportation safety data help to save lives and prevent injuries from hazards in all transportation modes . Achieving this goal requires improvements in the development, application, and assessment of methods for analyzing transportation safety data and for applying the results of this analysis to enhance transportation safety policies and programs.
This project has two specific objectives in order to accomplish the goal.
The team will produce a report that will:
The team will formulate a strategy for program development and coordination of fora, training, and other options for information exchanges on data analysis efforts, statistical and other analysis tools, best practices and lessons-learned, impacts, and resource requirements.
The initiative to improve and expand safety data analysis will be accomplished by a team BTS established through its Safety Data Initiative. Participants represent all DOT modes as well as principal public and private organizations involved in sponsorship, conduct, or application of transportation safety research.
Technical support is provided to the team by BTS and the U.S Department of Transportation Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center).
To achieve its objectives, the team will accomplish the following tasks:
The team will identify leaders in transportation safety research worldwide and establish mechanisms for their involvement in this project.
The team will conduct a survey to acquire information on needs and requirements for safety data analysis, analysis methods, and best practices by organizations and individuals involved in safety research in all transportation modes.
With support from BTS, the Volpe Center, and NIOSH, the working team will:
The team will summarize the survey methodology and findings in the Transportation Safety Data Analysis report.
The survey findings will include information on the application of data analysis methods for transportation safety research. The working team will:
This inventory will be included as an appendix in the Transportation Safety Data Analysis report.
For each mode of transportation, the team will identify and evaluate:
Based on this information, the working team will develop a plan for improving safety data analysis in the Department of Transportation. The plan will include performance standards, recommendations for developing new analytic methodologies, recommendations for technology applications, best practices and benchmarking, and training guidelines. This plan will be includeed in the Transportation Safety Data Analysis report.
The team will develop a strategy for outreach to foster improvements in transportation safety data analysis. The strategy will involve objectives and guidelines for:
The team will present the outreach strategy in the Transportation Safety Data Analysis report.
The team will assemble and edit the information developed in Tasks 1 through 5 to produce the Transportation Safety Data Analysis report.