Integrating Systems Thinking tools into Vision Zero and Safe Systems approaches

In this project, the team proposes developing systems thinking-based content and guidance materials to strengthen the implementation of VZ and Safe Systems approaches. This project will develop materials that help stakeholders establish a firm foundation and deepen their understanding of the system (of policies, norms, funding streams, equitable/inequitable processes, etc.) underlying their road safety outcomes, setting the stage for more effective VZ planning and implementation. The project team's intention is to directly and positively impact VZ and Safe Systems uptake and implementation, building a strong foundation of cross-sector collaboration and a solid foundation for success and sustainability. Additionally, this project builds on several other CSCRS projects, integrating that knowledge into tangible systems-based tools that can be disseminated and used by a wide range of stakeholders. This project will develop a systems thinking and collaboration support handbook to complement the Vision Zero (VZ) Plan Guide that (1) introduces systems thinking and (2) provides guidance on using systems thinking and collaboration tools to support VZ planning and coalition building efforts; pilot use of handbook materials to support VZ-related collaborations with 3-4 VZ communities; and based on pilot work, revise the systems thinking and collaboration support handbook which will then be released with a webinar to further discuss use of the systems thinking and collaboration tools for VZ planning and implementation.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $143236
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill, NC  United States  27514
  • Project Managers:

    Sandt, Laura

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    UNC-CH New East Building
    Campus Box #3140
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina  United States  27599-3140

    University of California, Berkeley

    444 Davis Hall
    Berkeley, CA  United States  94720
  • Principal Investigators:

    Naumann, Rebecca

    Cooper, Jill

    LaJeunesse, Seth

    Pullen-Seufert, Nancy

    Evenson, Kelly

    Keefe, Elyse

    Hassmiller Lich, Kristen

  • Start Date: 20210601
  • Expected Completion Date: 20221231
  • Actual Completion Date: 20230202
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01771377
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747113
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: May 7 2021 11:06AM