Scotland's Road Safety Framework

A robust, independent, and open evidence base helps us provide clear evidence of the effectiveness and the impact our road safety interventions are having.

An understanding of how road safety interventions function – both in terms of their effectiveness in delivering outputs, aims and objectives, and the eventual broader impacts on road safety – is essential to inform strategic decision-making and the allocation of resources. Without an understanding of what is working well, and what is working less well, it is not possible to systematically improve road safety.

The road safety evaluation fund focuses on the retrospective evaluation and the wider impact interventions are having on road safety.

Funding is subject to the road safety framework funds being made available each financial year.

The call for Evaluation funding applications closed on 6 June 2021.

Eligibility

The road safety evaluation fund is open to all road safety partners and organisations (both public and professional associations), registered charities and university departments across Scotland. Private commercial enterprise, Community Interest Companies and not for profit businesses will be considered for funding providing that it can be demonstrated that the schemes or initiatives proposed are for charitable activity and for the public benefit and meet the road safety evaluation fund criteria.

Funding criteria

The criteria for a successful application are as follows:

  • the road safety initiatives must be running for a period of 2 years or longer
  • the road safety initiative must be evaluated by an independent evaluator
  • the road safety initiative should support Scotland’s Road Safety and have developed approaches, knowledge or learning around road safety
  • the proposal should include a clear programme and timetable
  • the agreement for Transport Scotland to publish the evaluation

* Requests for further dissemination of the work in professional journals or at conferences will be determined on a case by case basis.

Limitations

Funding will not be issued where:

  • the application is deemed to have a clear profit motive
  • applications are of a party political nature or likely to be in breach of laws relating to equality and opportunity

Assessment criteria

Funding will be awarded on the overall strength of the proposal in relation to how well the assessment criteria are met. Applicants should, therefore, consider carefully and demonstrate clearly.

Evaluations will be expected to give an indication of the wider benefits to road safety that could be expected from the research.

Method

We will assess the evaluation funding applications and will provide an initial indication to the overall strength in relation to the specified criteria before the applications are fully assessed and agreed by the Operational Partnership Group (OPG) and finally approved by the Strategic Partnership Board (SPB).

It should be noted, the total amount of funds to be allocated for the Road Safety evaluation fund will be reviewed on an annual basis.