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Evaluation does not need to be complicated or difficult. In fact, it should be as simple and straightforward as possible to ease interpretation and use by leaders, managers, and safety stakeholders. Once the data are collected and analyzed, the results can be used to assess the level of SHSP implementation and SHSP performance in terms of outputs and outcomes. The results can be shared and used for continuous SHSP process improvement. Armed with this information, SHSP managers can focus resources and efforts on the most critical problems and the most effective countermeasures. It is an essential investment in the State transportation safety program.

An important message is, “don’t get stuck!” If the data, expertise, or resources are not available in some areas, move on to other areas where evaluation is feasible. Also, “don’t let evaluation results gather dust!” Develop plans and obtain commitments to use the results to improve SHSP efficiency and effectiveness. Good luck!