2007-2008 Summary Annual Report: Tracking

Tracking highlights

  • Prepared four quarterly tracking reports detailing the progress of State SRTS programs.
  • Established a national database for SRTS programs.
  • Tracked $266.4 million in Federal funds spent or committed to SRTS programs.
  • Tracked 46 states (90%) announcements of federally funded local and/or statewide SRTS programs.
  • Tracked 3,212 schools that are participating in federally funded SRTS programs.

Tracking Briefs

The National Center for Safe Routes to School releases quarterly SRTS Program Tracking Briefs to provide information about Federal SRTS programs. Each report presents a different snapshot and brief analysis of one key trend across all states. In 2007-08, these reports tracked the growth of SRTS spending to $266.4 million, and the proliferation of participating schools to 3,212.

Standardized National Data System

The National Center for Safe Routes to School has taken steps to evaluate the effectiveness of Safe Routes to School and to answer questions such as “How many kids walk or bicycle to school?” In an effort to collect nationwide data, the National Center has developed standardized forms for the collection of student travel data and parental attitudes about student travel to and from school. Using this information, the National Center will be able to establish baseline information from which program elements will be evaluated.
 
As part of the efforts to help individual SRTS programs gather information and understand the results from their programs, the National Center initiated a system consisting of:

Standardized Data Collection Forms:
In 2007, the National Center developed two data collection forms for SRTS programs to use. Use of the Student Travel Tally allows programs to identify frequency of various transportation modes for travel to school.  The Parent Survey reveals parental attitudes that may influence whether children are given the opportunity to walk or bicycle to school. 
Data Collection Assistance:

The National Center offers two ways for local SRTS programs to aggregate and summarize data collection forms:

  • Programs may enter data into an online system. The Web-based “Data Tools” system gives local and state SRTS programs the ability to enter data into the central SRTS program tracking system and view standard reports with summary statistics.
  • Programs may send data forms to the National Center for entry. NCSRTS staff created a method for aggregating data and generating reports for communities. After processing, the information is uploaded to the online Data Tools system, where local and state SRTS programs can view summary reports of their data.
National SRTS Tracking Database:
Data gathered from SRTS programs are maintained in a database that also captures detailed information about each project, funding information, specific SRTS strategies (non-infrastructure programs and infrastructure projects) planned, program implementation details, and any data collected with the National Center’s standardized Student Travel Tally and Parent Survey forms.

Other core functions: