Monitoring and evaluating the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020

General Assembly resolution A/Res/64/255 of 10 May 2010, “Invites the World Health Organization and the United Nations regional commissions to coordinate regular monitoring, within the framework of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, of global progress towards meeting the targets identified in the plan of action and to develop global status reports on road safety and other appropriate monitoring tools.” To this end, every effort will be made to monitor both process and outcome indicators to assess the impact of activities globally. A small working group of UN Road Safety Collaboration partners, including WHO and the UN regional commissions, has developed a set of indicators based on the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. These will be tracked (through a variety of mechanisms) and collated on a regular basis.

Process indicators

The following process indicators will be tracked over the ten years:

  • Number of launches of the Decade;
  • National plans that address Decade issues;
  • Laws that have changed since the Decade commenced;
  • News reports mentioning the Decade;
  • Articles published in scientific journals promoting the Decade;
  • Facebook friends of the Decade; and
  • Tweets and reach.

Approximately 400 launch events were held in ≈100 countries on or around 11 May 2011. The number of national plans developed and laws changed since the start of the Decade are being collated. Publications and use of social media are shown in the graphics below.

Outcome indicators

Core indicators, optional indicators and other related statistics have been identified for each of the 5 Pillars outlined in the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 as well as outcome indicators, such as the global number of road traffic injuries and deaths, lives saved, funding dedicated to road safety, etc. These indicators will be obtained through a variety of data collection mechanisms including the global status reports on road safety, the Global Burden of Disease project, databases maintained by EMBARQ, IRTAD, the UN regional commissions and the World Bank, etc as well as through other large scale multi-country data collection mechanisms. These data will be collated and published at this site throughout the Decade.

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