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August 2010


This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Transportation in the interest of information exchange. The U.S. Government assumes no liability for use of the information contained in this document. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation.

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Welcome to the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Assessment Toolbox. This first edition of the HSIP Assessment Toolbox compiles commonly used evaluation techniques that are available to support a review of the HSIP. It is beneficial to periodically take a step back and conduct an assessment of the HSIP. An assessment allows States to review their HSIP (or elements of the program) to identify noteworthy practices and/or opportunities for improvement. This can be accomplished through a self assessment, program review, or peer review, as described in the following pages.

We would like to thank the following individuals for their feedback and support in the planning for and development of the HSIP Assessment Toolbox:

Jennifer Brown, Arizona Division
Marty Calawa, New Hampshire Division
Sharon Johnson, North Dakota Division
Christine Thorkildsen, New York Division
George Merritt, Safety & Design TST
Don Neumann, Safety & Design TST
Keith Sinclair, Safety & Design TST
David Hawk, Program Management Improvement Team

The HSIP Assessment Toolbox will be updated regularly. As the information included within the Toolbox is utilized and additional information becomes available, enhancements will be made to the HSIP Assessment Toolbox. For example, the Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety will be working to develop an improved self assessment tool that will expand upon the Program Delivery Improvement Tool to provide more details and explore additional elements of the HSIP that could be used to more thoroughly guide overall program improvement. As soon as it is available, the HSIP Assessment Toolbox will be updated.

FHWA staff is available to facilitate discussions and brainstorming sessions to assist States in determining which type of assessment best meets the needs of the State and to identify the best way to conduct a program assessment. Technical support and resources may be available to support a program assessment in your State. For additional information, please contact the HSIP Team in the FHWA Office of Safety.

The FHWA Office of Safety will make every effort to provide meaningful information and assistance to support future HSIP Assessment needs. If there is something more that you would like to see, please let us know.

Joseph S. Toole
Associate Administrator
FHWA Office of Safety

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