Data Collection and Evaluation Policies

Background: There exists an important need to ensure that our transportation strategies and investments are data driven, especially in regards to safety and health for all community members.  In addition, many decisions on government funding are predicated upon evaluation and modeling, which requires good data and the ability to project outcomes based on improvements in infrastructure. A multi-disciplinary perspective needs to inform this framework – with input from safety, transportation, health, air quality, GHG emissions, technology, academic and research and more.  As funding becomes increasingly based on performance outcomes, now more than ever it is critical that California develop standards to ensure competitiveness and its ability to measure and forecast programmatic success and challenges in the field of walking and bicycling.

Policy Leads/Action Teams:

  • California Active Communities at the California Department of Public Health (Staffers: Kristin Haukom, Justine Hearn, Patti Horsley, and Victoria Custodio)
  • Gail Carlson Safe Routes To School Program, Riverside County Department of Public Health
  • Jill Cooper, SafeTrec
  • Anne Dickman, Butte County Public Health
  • Bridget Enderele, SANDAG
  • Kelly Fischer, Los Angeles County DPH
  • Greg Gould, Natural Resource Defense Council
  • Vicki Karlan, MPH
  • Alexis Kelso, WALKSacramento
  • Carey Knecht, Climate Plan
  • Dahianna Lopez, San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • Dane Lotspeich, Rady Children’s Hospital
  • Jessica Meaney, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
  • Bob Planthold, California Walks
  • Sam Shelton, Solano Transportation Authority
  • Stephanie Smith, Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership
  • Ana Validzic, Lopez, Dahianna, Megan Wier, San Francisco DPH
  • Megan Wier, San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • KC Yellapu, Linscott, Law & Greenspan, Engineers

Goals: 

  1. Foster discussions on how to best engage the State and other key partners in setting frameworks for active transportation and SRTS data collection, modeling and evaluation.
  2. Ensure widespread distribution and the standardization of data and tools currently available for use by local jurisdictions and MPOs (i.e. SafeTrec crash mapping data tool).

Essential CA SRTS Network Tasks through 2011:

  • Support and work towards standards in data collection and analysis to ensure that a meaningful history is documented on the effectiveness and challenges of Safe Routes to School efforts across the state.
  • Work with Caltrans and the CA DPH to establish a broad data collection framework for through multi-disciplinary perspective, how the SRTS/SR2S application requirements support this goal, and how/when reports will be created with the data collected.
  • Promote data collection and bike and pedestrian counting through state and regional policies and goals, and work to ensure that transportation activity based models are including all modes.
  • Advocate for consistent outcome measures that are appropriate for each domain/perspective (i.e. minutes of physical activity, improvements in safety, impact on air quality and more).
  • Foster collaboration with California researchers and academic centers in all the above listed tasks in further developing measurement and evaluation tools.
  • Collect benchmark Statewide Statistics regarding funding, mode split, service to low income communities, and macro trends regarding Safe Routes to School in California.

 

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