Yesterday, I blogged about the CIRP research projects we’ll be sharing in the Occupant Protection for Children track at the 2013 Lifesavers Conference. Today, I want to share what we’re contributing to the Teen Driver Safety track: “Best Practices in Intervention Design and Evaluation.” Scheduled for Monday, April 15th at 2:15 p.m., the workshop will be led by Jessica Mirman, PhD, a scientist in our Center with expertise in intervention design and evaluation.
I am excited about this particular workshop as it’s a slight departure from the typical Lifesavers workshop format. Regardless of whether Teen Driver Safety is a priority for your work, this workshop can help you set up your traffic safety program for success by developing a realistic evaluation plan. After Jessica’s presentation, Violet Marrero from the New Jersey Division of Highway Safety will share her experiences with using a systematic approach to design, implement and evaluate Share the Keys, a teen driving program for parents that has been garnering positive results.You’ll then be given the chance to sketch out an evaluation plan for your own program with the help of panel members. Additional CIRP@CHOP staff will be there to circulate and answer questions.
Today, more than ever in my 12-plus years working in injury prevention, I see an increased interest in supporting programs that can demonstrate a theory- and evidence-base and can be evaluated and refined for effectiveness over time. Done well, this is a responsible use of the limited dollars for injury prevention