The Road Safety Partnership Grant Programme, Summary Report of Impact of Round Two Projects and Progress on Later Projects

  • Published: Department for Transport, 2011
  • Authors: B. King, S. Surtees-Goodall and M. Jeanes
  • Date Added: 11 Jul 2013
  • Last Update: 12 Feb 2016
  • Format: pdf

Objectives:

Provide a summary of outcomes and highlight the key learning points from the projects which benefited from the Department for Transport’s Road Safety Partnership Grant Scheme round two, which ran for up to two years from April 2008.

Methodology:

Not applicable.

Key Findings:

  • The second round of the Road Safety Partnership Grant (RSPG) took place for two years starting in 2008/09.

  • RSPG was designed to promote:

    • Partnership working among local authorities and others (including the education sector and youth service as well as other public service organisations such as the health sector, the fire and rescue service, the police and the voluntary sector);T

    • he take-up and sharing of good practice in the road safety arena;

    • Innovative approaches and ways of working to address road safety issues; and

    • Main-streaming the most effective lessons learned from other road safety pilot projects.

  • A total of 19 projects were funded in this second round of RSPG at a total cost approaching £2.2million.

  • The road safety partnership grant aims to demonstrate the pivotal nature of working with local partners, fostering and maintaining good relationships in order to achieve project aims and objectives and successful outcomes. In turn these help to develop platforms for future co-operation.

  • Without the support (whether in kind or financial) of partners, projects would not have been successful, especially in terms of helping to target hard to reach audiences. Several of the projects demonstrate clearly that effective collaborative working often brings about better results.

  • Local partners are always important and many of the projects showed excellence in working this way. In the projects in Luton, Buckinghamshire and West Sussex, the support of police partners was key to successful outcomes. In Luton and Haringey, great efforts were made to work with the local Muslim communities through their leadership groups. Similarly, in Wigan, this idea was taken and extended to creating road safety champions from the local community.

  • The road safety community was already good at sharing and partnership. This was demonstrated well in the case of the West Sussex project, where once it was underway it was realised that suitable materials had already been developed by another Council (South Yorkshire) and so these were used rather than creating some anew.

  • An outstanding example of broader partnership working has been the Road Safety Time Bank, developed by six local authorities from across England. Working together they set out to create a product which was a legacy of their success as Beacon Councils but would be useful to all road safety practitioners for a long time. The Road Safety Time Bank has recently been taken over by Road Safety Great Britain, and re-launched as the Road Safety Knowledge Centre. Road Safety Knowledge Centre is now a national tool in the delivery of road safety.

  • Several of the projects have demonstrated good partnership with academic establishments and consultants, often in terms of data analysis or improved understanding of the outcomes and outputs. In the case of Devon’s Road Safety Academythis cooperative working has been extended. A range of useful education and training resources has been developed for use within Devonand its local partners but these are also opportunities to participate by other road safety professionals from across the country.

Themes:

Partnerships, Effectiveness.

Comments:

Provides information about the effectiveness of partnership working.

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