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SafetyCube Report Summary

Project ID: 633485
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.4.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SafetyCube (Safety CaUsation, Benefits and Efficiency)

Reporting period: 2015-05-01 to 2016-10-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The objective of SafetyCube is to develop a European road safety decision support system that will enable policy-makers and stakeholders identify the most appropriate strategies to reduce casualties of all road user types and all severities.

To achieve this SafetyCube will be based on a novel and comprehensive analysis of accident causation factors resulting in a major advance in the provision of information on road safety measures. The project has six sub-objectives:
1. To develop new harmonised methods for (a) Priority setting, (b) Evaluating the effectiveness of measures (c) Monitoring serious injuries and assessing their socio-economic costs (d) Cost-benefit analysis taking account of human and material costs
2. To identify the key accident causation factors and prioritise road safety measures for all injured casualties
3. Using the methods, to combine knowledge on the effectiveness of road safety interventions and to structure them within a new inventory of measures
4. To conduct research regarding selected key road safety issues
5. To propose new safety policies

The project outputs will be framed according to the specific policy and stakeholder areas – infrastructures, vehicles and road users – so that the measures developed in the project can be most readily applied. A systems approach will ensure the linkage between these areas.

If all EC member States had the road safety levels of the best performing countries it is estimated deaths would have been reduced by over 10,000 in 2012. SafetyCube will support road safety policy-makers and industry stakeholders to adopt the evidence based policies of the most successful countries.

Therefore, SafetyCube will make an essential contribution to road safety and casualty reduction in support of the EC 2020 target of a 50% reduction in fatalities across the EU and the longer term vision of zero fatalities.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The objectives for the first 18 months of the project were to:
1. Implement the project management framework to support communication between partners and achievement of project objectives.
2. Establish a project dissemination and consultation platform to ensure all stakeholders can remain informed in the project progress and can contribute to the DSS.
3. Develop the methodological framework of the DSS, and extracting data on risks and measures.
4. Estimate the numbers of seriously injured casualties in Europe and the resulting health impacts.
5. Define the functionality of the DSS and prepare the underlying structure.

Very good progress has been made in the first 17 months of the project and all objectives have been achieved. Notably
1. The project now has a very effective management framework that is focussed on
• The project coordinator and a dedicated project administrator
• Monthly Work Package Leaders meetings for routine decision making
• Regular WP partner meetings
• Periodic full partner plenary meetings
• A dedicated web conferencing system to facilitate communication together with a central web-based document repository.

2. A dissemination platform has been established to facilitate communication between the project and future DSS users.
• The project website (www.safetycube-project.eu) provides information about the project and news of recent developments
• A newsletter, published typically three times each year, provides more detailed information to recipients
• A series of stakeholder consultation workshops have provided the project team with very useful guidance regarding the functionality and content of the DSS

3. The methodological framework for the DSS has been established and data on risks has been recorded for entry to the DSS.
• The procedure to be used to record details of risks and measures from studies has been defined
• A sophisticated data entry template has been developed to provide a consistent means to gather data for entry onto the database and to enable an automatic quality check of the codes.
• A total of 600 studies have been reviewed and data of 3,500 risks has been entered onto the templates. The studies cover road user, infrastructure and vehicle risks.
• A total of 60 topic syntheses have been prepared to provide summaries of the existing knowledge about road safety risks. The studies cover road user, infrastructure and vehicle risks.

4. Important advances have been made regarding the enumeration of serious injuries and the societal level impact
• With the assistance of EC DG-MOVE a strong collaboration has been established with the EU CARE experts group representing the Member States
• The methods used across the EU to estimate the numbers of seriously injured casualties have been reviewed and the comparability assessed.
5. The structure and functionality of the DSS has been developed and a provisional “look and feel” prepared
• A comprehensive taxonomy of risks and measures has been prepared to provide the internal structure of the DSS
• The basic functionality of the DSS has been specified and entry points, search methodologies and output descriptions have been prepared
• Wireframe screens have been prepared to illustrate the possible appearance of the DSS

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The majority of the impact SafetyCube is expected will be realised once the project is complete and the DSS is fully functioning however the project has already made several advances on the state of the art as exemplified in several of the deliverables and reports relating to milestones.

The reports relating to the following milestones have extended the state of knowledge by providing new and detailed approaches to the categorisation of crash risk factors and evaluation of the effectiveness of measures across the road user, vehicle and infrastructure domains. Additional advances have been made regarding the evaluation of crash costs and societal impact.
M10 Preliminary guidelines for risk factors identification and evaluation of measures
M11 Preliminary guidelines for the estimation of safety effects
M12 Preliminary guidelines for estimation of crash- and measure costs and priority setting between measures

The following deliverables have provided a new syntax and taxonomy to be the basis of a new comprehensive classification of risks and measures.
D4.1 Identification of road user related risk factors
D5.1 Identification of infrastructure related risk factors
D6.1 Identification of vehicle related risk factors

The following deliverable has provided a new review of the comparability of enumeration of serious injuries in EU Member States based on the new criterion of MAIS 3+.
D7.1 Practical guidelines for the registration and monitoring of serious road injuries.

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