2010-2011 Summary Annual Report: Technical Assistance

Highlights

  • Documented more than 187,300 visits to the National Center’s website.
  • Developed and launched the National Center’s newly organized website.
  • Developed and launched online, searchable version of the National Center’s case study compendium - now known as success stories - available at http://successes.saferoutesinfo.org. Currently houses a total of 164 case studies.
  • With AASHTO, released Safe Routes to School Noteworthy Practices Guide: A Compendium of State SRTS Program Practices.

Online Technical Assistance

  • The National Center website, www.saferoutesinfo.org, continues to be the central distribution mechanism for technical assistance for all of its audiences.
  • Developed and launched the National Center’s newly organized website. Changes include:
    • Enhanced search function.
    • Merged resources developed by National Center with online library resources to improve user ability to find appropriate resource.
    • Enhanced browsing functionality of online case study compendium. 
  • Developed and launched online, searchable version of the National Center’s case study compendium - now known as success stories - available at http://successes.saferoutesinfo.org./ Currently houses a total of 164 case studies.
  • Continued responding to Ask a Question, a way for website visitors to ask questions that are answered by National Center staff and experts around the country.
    • This year, the total number of entries in the Q&A database increased to 343.
  • Updated the SRTS Guide to reflect current statistics and research

Educational Materials Development

Educational resources produced include:

  • Produced Children Deserve Safe Routes to School, and Tribal Communities Across the U.S. Are Making it Happen, a resource for tribal schools that highlights promising SRTS examples in Indian Country.
  • Produced Personal Security and Safe Routes to School that addresses issues such as bullying, gangs, crime and abductions. The resource was developed in partnership with Children’s Safety Network (CSN). CSN is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Developed Working Together to Advance Safe Routes to School with the SRTS National Partnership. The document describes the major national organizations and state agencies supporting and advancing SRTS.

Toll-free line

The toll-free line is one mechanism for the public to ask questions that are not answered through a visit to the National Center’s website. Usage of the phone line is expected to be light because the website is promoted as the primary source for information. During the reporting period, there was an average of seven calls per week.

Support for State SRTS Coordinators

State SRTS Coordinators receive support in several ways:

  • Listserv for State SRTS Coordinators: The listserv continues to be a robust tool for communication between the State Coordinators.
    • The listserv received 1,913 messages, with an average of 159 postings per month.
    • As of June 30, there were 99 subscribers, including 51 permanent or interim State Coordinators.
  • Password-protected website for State SRTS Coordinators: A section of the National Center’s website is dedicated to facilitating document sharing, questions and communications on new issues among State Coordinators.
  • Teleconference calls for State SRTS Coordinators: The National Center hosted two conference calls for State Coordinators to discuss specific current topics, upcoming events and other matters.
  • Safe Routes to School State Coordinators National Meeting: This annual meeting provides State Coordinators the opportunity to come together to discuss issues related to their unique jobs, to understand how other states are implementing programs, and to hear speakers on topics of special interest.
    • The 2010 State SRTS Coordinators Annual Meeting was held in Chicago, Ill in June 2010, just prior to the timeframe of this report.
    • The 2011 Coordinator Meeting was held in August 2011 - just following the timeframe of this report - in conjunction with the third SRTS National Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

AASHTO Noteworthy Practices Guide

In early 2010, the National Center began collaborating with American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to develop a guide of noteworthy state SRTS program practices. During an official press conference in May 2011 for the U.N. Decade of Action for Road Safety in Washington, DC, AASHTO announced the release of Safe Routes to School Noteworthy Practices Guide: A Compendium of State SRTS Program Practices, developed through a subcontract with the National Center.