2011-2012 Summary Annual Report: Local Data Collection Support

Highlights

  • The National Center received approximately 39,544 Student Travel Tally and approximately 218,866 Parent Survey questionnaires for processing.
  • As of June 30, 2012, the data system contained 850,159 Parent Survey and 150,544 Student Travel Tally questionnaires – over one million total - from approximately 6,350 schools in 1,917 programs located in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Local SRTS programs across the U.S. continue to collect school travel data using the standardized Parent Survey and Student Travel Tally forms, developed by the National Center for Safe Routes to School.  Information from these questionnaires help local programs better understand how students are getting to and from school and how parents’ perceptions may influence walking and bicycling rates.  This information is valuable as communities plan their programs and track their progress.

Because data collection and entry can be a burden to local programs, the National Center offers three ways for local SRTS programs to aggregate and summarize data collection forms. Programs may:

  • Send forms to the National Center for free data entry; or
  • Enter information directly into an online data collection and reporting system; or
  • Use the National Center’s online Parent Survey instead of asking parents to complete a paper copy.

Regardless of method, local programs receive an online report with summary statistics of their specific data. Data gathered from SRTS programs are maintained in a national database that also captures detailed information about each program, funding information, specific SRTS strategies planned (non-infrastructure programs and infrastructure projects) and program implementation details.

  • During the reporting period, the National Center received and processed approximately 39,544 Student Travel Tally and approximately 218,866 Parent Survey questionnaires.
  • As of June 30, 2012, the data system contained about 850,159 Parent Survey and 150,544 Student Travel Tally questionnaires – over one million forms in total - from approximately 6,350 schools in 1,917 programs located in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

The National Center monitors and enhances the data collection system based on user input. Highlights of enhancements made during this reporting period include:

  • Launched 12 video tutorials that describe the National Center’s data services and instructions for using the Data System. Tutorials available at saferoutesinfo.org/tutorial.
  • Updated the written instructions for using the online data entry and reporting system.
  • Launched two new reporting features which allow local programs to generated aggregate summary reports of their Parent Survey and Travel Tally data.
  • Launched a new feature that makes it easier for State Coordinators so search the data system for schools that have submitted Travel Tally and/or Parent Survey data.
  • Developed and launched a new feature for inventorying Tally and Survey data received from local communities and providing receipt confirmation.

 

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