Support for the Highway Safety Improvement Program

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Objective

FHWA’s Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) is a data-driven, strategic approach to improving highway safety. Cambridge Systematics has a deep understanding of the HSIP through the identification and documentation of successful, innovative, and effective practices. These practices were shared broadly among the highway safety community in user-friendly, attractive, and unique formats through the Noteworthy Practice Series. To further promote the HSIP, Cambridge Systematics updated the HSIP Manual, developed an HSIP training workshop, and created a promotional brochure. Based on our experience with the HSIP training workshop, we also developed a suite of on-line training courses to address knowledge gaps particularly in the areas of project identification and evaluation methodologies. Finally to make the HSIP process easier for states, Cambridge Systematics developed an application framework for an on-line reporting tool to meet reporting requirements.

Our Approach

  • Develop noteworthy practices on a variety of HSIP topics, including Project Identification; Safety Data Collection, Analysis, and Sharing; Project Evaluation; Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) Stakeholder Involvement; and Revisiting SHSP Emphasis Areas.
  • Update the HSIP Manual to reflect current law, regulations, new and emerging technologies, and state and local HSIP noteworthy practices and related activities.
  • Design and implement a suite of on-line training courses to address HSIP knowledge gaps, including SHSP development and implementation, an overview of the HSIP, project identification and evaluation. The courses are available in an on-line learning format of web-based training, web conference training, or a blended approach.
  • Develop an application framework for an on-line reporting tool to assist states in meeting the reporting requirements for the HSIP. The framework includes features, functions, database design, key technical requirements, and software prototypes to clearly and visually communicate how users will access and use the application.

Project Results

The purpose of the noteworthy series is to identify and document successful, innovative, and effective HSIP practices and share that information throughout the highway safety community. Based on experience, Cambridge Systematics presented the information in an interesting and innovative way to capture attention. The update of the HSIP Manual helps state agencies administer the HSIP program and demonstrate its value to county and local government agencies, which can use the manual to plan, implement, and evaluate the HSIP programs and projects that best meet their capabilities and needs. It is a valuable tool and a comprehensive reference for state and local transportation safety practitioners working to advance the HSIP and other safety projects. During development of the manual and pilot workshops, transportation professionals requested additional details on the various project identification and evaluation methodologies presented in the manual. There also was significant discussion during the HSIP pilot workshops regarding the general provisions of the HSIP and the relationship to the SHSP. This led to the development of the on-line suite of training modules.

Finally, the HSIP on-line reporting tool meets the needs of all users and promotes compliance with the HSIP reporting requirements and consistency among states. It also creates a mechanism to evaluate the HSIP at the national level and ensure limited resources are focused on the goal of saving lives.