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Data management is the development and implementation of data architectures, policies, practices, and procedures that properly and effectively manage the agency's safety data program. These activities are critical to a program's long term effectiveness.

Perspectives for the Development of the Roadway Safety Data Program

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This document summarizes perspectives of the project team and the State representatives that participated in the Roadway Safety Data Capabilities Assessment and Peer Exchanges on the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Roadway Safety Data Program. It offers input on roles FHWA could play in improving state and local safety data systems and safety analysis capabilities. The FHWA will consider these perspectives as it further develops and implements the Roadway Safety Data Program.


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1. Report No.
2. Government Accession
3. Recipient's Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle
Perspectives for the Development of the Roadway Safety Data Program
5. Report Date
July 2013
6. Performing Organization Code
Michael Sawyer, Robert Scopatz, Barbara Hilger DeLucia, and Kimberly Eccles
8. Performing Organization Report No.
9. Performing Organization Name and Address
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB)
8300 Boone Blvd., Suite 700
Vienna, VA 22182-2626
10. Work Unit No.
11. Contract or Grant No.
DTFH61-10-D-00022 (VHB)
12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address
Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20590
13. Type of Report and Period
Final Report, July 2013
14. Sponsoring Agency Code
15. Supplementary Notes
The contract manager for this report was Ms. Esther Strawder. A special note to all the States participating in the assessment process and the four national peer exchanges: your time and contributions were extremely valuable to the project team as we tried to present a wide range of perspectives on the future of the Roadway Safety Data Program.

16. Abstract
FHWA developed the Roadway Safety Data Program (RSDP) as a collaborative effort between FHWA and States to ensure that they are best able to develop robust data-driven safety capabilities. The RSDP included an assessment of all fifty States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia to determine each State's roadway safety data capabilities. FHWA also held a series of four peer exchanges to garner additional State input. This document follows the assessment process and and summarizes the project team's and State participants' perspectives, organized into four areas: data collection, data analysis, data management, and data expansion. For each goal area and proposed action item the document includes discussion on motivation, priority, delivery methods, and recommendations.

17. Key Words:
Roadway safety data program, data collection, data management, data analysis, data expansion, roadway inventory.
18. Distribution Statement
No restrictions.
19. Security Classif. (of this report)
20. Security Classif. (of this page)
21. No. of Pages
22. Price

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Table of Contents


Data Collection

Data Analysis

Data Management

Data Expansion


FHWA Federal Highway Administration
USDOT United States Department of Transportation
DOT Department of Transportation
MAP-21 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act
RSDP Roadway Safety Data Program
SHSP Strategic Highway Safety Plan
FDE Fundamental Data Elements
MIRE Model Inventory of Roadway Elements
MIRE MIS Model Inventory of Roadway Elements Management Information System
MPO Metropolitan Planning Organization
GPS Global Positioning System
HSIP Highway Safety Improvement Program
CMF Crash Modification Factor
HSM Highway Safety Manual
MMUCC Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria
LRS Linear Referencing System
IT Information Technology
FMCSA Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
TRB Transportation Research Board
NCHRP National Cooperative Highway Research Program
NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
GIS Geographic Information System
TRCC Traffic Records Coordinating Committee


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