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Program Evaluation for Driving Safety

Researchers from the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) recently collaborated with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDot) to develop tools to facilitate the evaluation and enhancement of safe driving programs for teens. The two-year Teen Outreach Proram Evaluation for Driving Safety project included stakeholder interviews in the community, review of existing programs both within the state and across the nation, and interactive workshops with traffic safety professionals.

Led by  Linda Fleisher, PhD, MPH and Flaura Winston, MD, PhD, the first phase of the Teen Outreach Program for Driving Safety project also included literature reviews, crash data analysis, and theory-based logic modeling. These foundational pieces and collaboration resulted in the development of several resources to help support Pennsylvania Community Traffic Safety staff to identify their community's traffic safety issues and needs, leverage that information to develop programs with maximum impact, and meaure the impact of programs to guide future programming.

Although focused on teen driver safety topics, these resources can be used by those interested in a wide range of safety and other public health topics:

  • Program Planning & Evaluation Guidebook: The 13-chapter Guidebook includes how to conduct a needs assessment to determine specific problems and needs for individual areas; generating SMART objectives; selecting appropriate programming, and recommendations for determining evaluation metrics.

  •  Resource Book: This includes evidence-based, adapted supplementary resources--worksheets; pre-post surveys; websites; literature recommendations; data resources; and more.  

  • CHOP Program Planning and Evaluation YouTube Channel: Videos were created to accompany each chapter of the guidebook and are available on YouTube.

  • Key Performance Measures Based on the Literature: CHOP researchers worked with PennDOT to identify criteria to measure accomplishments of its traffic safety programs based on the logic model theory developed in Year 1 of the project. The Resource Book includes six key performance measures and 47 example questions.

  • Teen Traffic Safety Program Database: As a helpful supplement to this Guidebook, this database includes 62 traffic safety outreach programs. 


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The result of a very rigorous stakeholder-guided process and both innovative and practical in nature, use of these tools will help advance the means by which stakeholders can evaluate programs and bring meaningful programs to their communities.

Contact Linda Fleisher, PhD to access all of the resources.

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