Research Tools and Data Resources

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention has a variety of research tools and data resources that have been developed utilizing our interdisciplinary approach to child injury prevention science. The following technologies and datasets have been used in CIRP studies described in published scientific articles. For more information on these research tools and data resources for researchers or to request a specific measure, please contact us.

Normative Dataset of Novice DriversMore

CIRP researchers have leveraged their exclusive access to an innovative data source to investigate driving skill deficits in novice drivers. Flaura Winston, MD, PhD and colleagues at CHOP linked Ohio licensing and crash data to driver performance data on a new virtual driving skills assessment adopted by the state and delivered immediately prior to the on-road licensing examination. The database identifies applicants' skill deficits at the point of licensure that our researchers are relating to known risk factors (age, sex) in order to predict crashes during the first year of independent driving. The result is a normative dataset of novice driver skills (>25,000 drivers) at the point of licensure that may be used as a prototype for building out future datasets of clinical populations (i.e. HIV, epilepsy, neurosurgery) to explore current driver safety guidelines and policy.

New Jersey Safety and Health Outcomes (NJ-SHO) Data WarehouseMore

NJ-SHO Data Warehouse

This comprehensive data warehouse has longitudinal information on 24 million individuals of all ages spanning almost 20 years. Data sources include six statewide administrative databases and individual- and community-level equity indictors, enabling rigorous investigation of injury and non-injury outcomes. It is the backbone of the new NJ-SHO Center for Integrated Data, funded by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety (HTS), with a guiding vision to reimagine how safety and health data are collected, integrated, analyzed, and shared to support safe transport in NJ. Dozens of peer-reviewed papers have been published using the data warehouse, and numerous studies are underway.

CIRP Driving Simulators More

Our researchers are dedicated to understanding driving behaviors and performance to help improve the safety and health of children, adolescents, and young adults through qualitative and quantitative research conducted with our state-of-the art driving simulators. We also provide the technical and administrative support for other researchers to conduct simulator-based observational studies.

Magnetoencephalography (MEG) ImagingMore

This tool is being used by CIRP to learn about the neural components of driving. Using MEG imaging and portable simulator drives, our researchers are able to capture the brain’s ability to handle complex real-world driving tasks that rely on the integration of information from multiple systems in the brain (visual, motor and cognitive systems). Through a partnership between CIRP and the neuroradiology MEG Imaging Center at CHOP, extensive research expertise and advanced technology is brought together to establish a new Neuroscience of Driving Research Program that will bridge basic neuroscience with applied driving research at the clinical and broader population level.

Watch a video about how CIRP researchers are using various tools and data resources in their work.