Crash Data Improvement Program
This report provides a summary of the Crash Data Improvement Program (CDIP) peer exchange sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Office of Safety on August 4, 2011. The peer exchange was hosted in conjunction with the annual Traffic Records Forum (TRF) in Charlotte, North Carolina.
FHWA initiated the CDIP in 2006 to help States improve the quality of their crash data. The purpose of the peer exchange was to obtain input from CDIP participants on the program’s effectiveness and for States to offer recommendations on how to improve and/or modify the program to better serve States’ needs. Using this feedback, FHWA plans to refine the CDIP and identify other Federal efforts with the potential to improve State and local agencies’ collection, maintenance, and use of crash data.
Participants shared their knowledge and noteworthy practices for hosting a CDIP and implementing program recommendations. Selected peers included the Highway Safety Research Group at Louisiana State University, the Maryland Highway Safety Office, and the Tennessee Department of Safety. Criteria for selecting peers included those States that had participated in a CDIP and could offer advice on preparation and follow-up for the program.