European Commission, Directorate-General Transport and Energy
REED, S., 2008. Building the European Road Safety Observatory. SafetyNet. Deliverable 5.9: WP5 Methodology workshop report
SafetyNet Work Package 5 (WP5) organised a workshop in Gothenburg June,
18th 2008. The aim of this workshop was to consult with a variety of road
safety stakeholders on the investigation techniques and data gathering
methods used in the creation of two European accident databases.
The workshop was attended by 26 persons including those directly involved in
WP5. 19 attendees were not involved in the work package and out of these 18
questionnaire responses were returned.
The Workshop was split into 4 sessions, each designed to cover a different
facet of the task. The first session introduced the Safetynet project, the need
for in-depth data and the role of WP5 within this. Following this, an
introduction to the data collection sources and sampling used in WP5.1 was
presented. The second session introduced WP5.2 and the method used for
on-scene accident causation data collection. Additionally an overview of the
reliability of variables was discussed for both WP5.1 and WP5.2. Following
this, the final session of the day concerned the SafetyNet Accident Causation
System (SNACS) and its development for use in this project.
Each session was concluded by a general discussion covering the topics
raised in the presentations and workshop attendees were invited to question
the panel of speakers. Workshop participants were requested to complete a
questionnaire containing questions relevant to each session of the workshop
after the discussion period so that the views of the participants could be taken
The majority of the work completed in work package 5 was judged appropriate
for the type of study being conducted with positive feedback received through
questionnaire responses and associated remarks supporting the
methodologies and working practices. Only one area of the study received
less favourable support among the workshop participants and this will need to
be addressed in future work within the WP5 partnership.