Needs and priorities of road safety stakeholders for evidence-based policy making

  • Published: Transport Policy, Volume 35, September 2014
  • Authors: E. Papadimitriou, G. Yannis
  • Date Added: 12 Feb 2016
  • Last Update: 12 Feb 2016
  • Format: pdf


To analyse the needs and priorities of road safety stakeholders for evidence-based policy making.


A broad consultation of road safety stakeholders at the international level, using an online survey to more than 3,000 respondents

Key Findings:

  • An online survey was addressed to more than 3,000 stakeholders, mostly from European countries, in which participants were asked to assess the importance (high, medium or low priority) of more than 50 items reflecting data and resources for all stages of road safety policy making – from fact-finding and diagnosis, to programme development, to implementation and monitoring/evaluation.

  • A principal component analysis technique was applied, and 6 components of data and tools were identified, concerning implementation of measures, statistical models, costs and safety impacts of measures, road infrastructure and collision analysis, common definitions and under-reporting, and crash causation.

  • Four groups of stakeholders with similar needs and priorities in road safety data and tools were identified: a “low priorities” group; a “need data and models group”; a group mainly interested on “implementation”; and an “in-depth analysis” group.

  • The study found that national/regional administrations and research institutes/universities reported practically the same needs in data and tools, not confirming the common belief that these two types of stakeholder have different needs.

  • A global framework of data and information, supportive of all stages of road safety analysis and policymaking is required for reliable analysis and science-based decision making.

  • These findings may be exploited for the future enhancement of the European Road Safety Observatory, for priority setting in short and long-term research and data collection activities and for dealing with current gaps between needs and availability of data and tools.


Data, Policy-Making, Evidence


Provides an understanding of the data needs of stakeholders