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Section 2: General Traffic Safety Proposals

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Introduction

General traffic safety proposals may be submitted by state and local governments, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. Proposals may be submitted for funding consideration under any of the 14 highway safety program areas (see “ Highway Safety Program Areas” in Chapter 2, Section 2) for a yearlong (one-year) or three-year grant term.

All General Traffic Safety Proposals must include:

  1. a problem identification (see Chapter 2, Section 3) that includes:
    • a problem statement (including community assessment)
    • documentation of data
  2. a project plan that includes:
    • a problem solution
    • objective, performance measures and targets
  3. a budget (See Section 7 of this chapter) for detailed budget instructions.
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Problem Statement

The problem identification process involves obtaining and analyzing historical motor vehicle traffic crash data that is relevant to the problem and proposed project to determine the who, what, when, where, how, and why of an existing problem.

Accurate and factual information helps create a strong problem statement. Other pertinent data, such as safety belt use, may be included or substituted for crash data. Sufficient data that is both local and as current as possible must be provided to justify the traffic safety problem. The data source and date of the data and information should always be cited.

A strong problem identification description accurately defines the nature and magnitude of the specific problem or problems. Causes of fatalities, injuries, crashes and property damage, site location (city, county, roadway section, statewide), and target population data are important information to problem identification.

See Problem Identification and Solution in the eGrants help system for more information and assistance on entering the problem identification and solution into the eGrants proposal form pages.

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Project Plan

The Project Plan consists of the following components:

  1. Problem Solution: The proposed solution should briefly describe the scope of work and activities that will be performed to address the stated traffic safety problem or problems. This may include methods, countermeasures, and strategies that could reduce problem severity or eliminate the problem or increase traffic law compliance. The problem solution may also detail the “who-what-when-where-how” in order to assist in project evaluation. See Problem Identification and Solution in the eGrants help system for more information and assistance on entering the problem identification and solution into the eGrants proposal form pages.
  2. Objective, Performance Measures and Targets: The objective briefly indicates the specific purpose of the project. It tells the reviewer what the proposal plans to achieve if a grant is awarded. Objectives must follow the SMART principle; that is, they must be Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic and Time-framed. See the table below for examples of SMART objectives entered in eGrants.

NOTE: Projects may not extend beyond September 30 of the last fiscal year for which they are proposed.

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Objective 1

Objective 2

Objective 3

Action Verb

To conduct…

To train…

To increase…

Target

12

30

92%

Baseline

N/A

N/A

82%

Performance Measures

CPS Checkup Events

Drug Recognition Experts (DRE)

Child Safety Seat Usage

Completion Date

September 30, 2012

September 30, 2012

September 30, 2012



Performance measures and targets provide guidance to determine efficiency and effectiveness of the project, serving as measures of project progress. Each performance measure should be designed as an evaluative mechanism for measuring the project’s level of success. Performance targets determine the degree of progress toward achievement of established performance measures and the effect on identified problems. Performance targets are expressed quantitatively (numbers of things) and are monitored and reported throughout the grant or contract period. If Public Information & Education (PI&E) is part of the project being proposed, the PI&E performance measure is required. See the table below for examples of performance measures and targets.

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Performance Measure

Target

Number of surveys conducted

3

Number of youth trained

250

Number of presentations made

30

Number of media exposures

15

Number of child safety seats distributed

500

Number of schools participating in traffic safety activities

26



See “Objectives and Performance Measures” on the eGrants Proposal Help Page for more information and assistance on entering the problem identification and solution into the eGrants proposal form pages.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publication Countermeasures That Work: A Highway Safety Countermeasure Guide For State Highway Offices ( http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/nti/enforcement/pdf/Countermeasures_HS811258.pdf) provides a guide to selecting effective science-based traffic countermeasures for major highway safety problem areas. This publication can serve as a source for traffic safety project ideas.

NOTE: Proposals for potential statewide projects in public schools must also have verification of coordination and commitment by the Texas Education Agency.

NOTE: Proposals including child passenger safety seats require a minimum 25% cost share (match) for the safety seats. Any child safety seats included in traffic safety proposals must be ordered and purchased through the Texas Department of State Health Services, Safe Riders Program. Seats will be requested in the “Occupant Protection Goals and Strategies” section of the proposal. The estimated value of a child safety seat is $50 per seat.

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