2021 Research Project

Integrating systems thinking tools into Vision Zero and Safe Systems approaches

Principal Investigator
Becky Naumann
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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Co-Investigator
Jill Cooper
University of California, Berkeley 
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Co-Investigator
Seth LaJeunesse
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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Co-Investigator
Nancy Pullen-Seufert
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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Co-Investigator
Kelly Evenson
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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Co-Investigator
Elyse Keefe
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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Co-Investigator
Kristen Hassmiller Lich
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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Summary

In this project, we propose developing systems thinking-based content and guidance materials to strengthen the implementation of VZ and Safe Systems approaches. This project will develop materials that help stakeholders establish a firm foundation and deepen their understanding of the system (of policies, norms, funding streams, equitable/inequitable processes, etc.) underlying their road safety outcomes, setting the stage for more effective VZ planning and implementation. Our intention is to directly and positively impact VZ and Safe Systems uptake and implementation, building a strong foundation of cross-sector collaboration and a solid foundation for success and sustainability. Additionally, this project builds on several other CSCRS projects, integrating that knowledge into tangible systems-based tools that can be disseminated and used by a wide range of stakeholders.
 
This project will develop a systems thinking and collaboration support handbook to complement the Vision Zero (VZ) Plan Guide that (1) introduces systems thinking and (2) provides guidance on using systems thinking and collaboration tools to support VZ planning and coalition building efforts; pilot use of handbook materials to support VZ-related collaborations with 3-4 VZ communities; and based on pilot work, revise the systems thinking and collaboration support handbook which will then be released with a webinar to further discuss use of the systems thinking and collaboration tools for VZ planning and implementation.

Project Details

Project Type: Research
Project Status: Active
Start Date: 06/01/2021
End Date: 05/31/2022
Contract Year: Year 5
Total Funding from CSCRS: $143,236