Evaluating your Safe Routes to School program can take many forms, but may always come down to answering the question, “Is our Safe Routes to School program doing what it intended to do?” Do you want to know if more children at a school are walking and rolling as a result of your efforts? Are you interested in seeing if the students at your school understand important safety behaviors? Do you want to increase the number of organizations involved in your Safe Routes to School partnership? Conducting an evaluation of your SRTS efforts can help you meaningfully and reliably answer these questions.
To effectively evaluate your efforts, evaluation planning should be part of your SRTS programmatic planning. To help you get started, please visit the links below for SRTS evaluation guides and tools. If resources permit, you may want to consider hiring a professional evaluator.
- National Center for Safe Routes to School Evaluation Guide
- National Center for Safe Routes to School – Data Submission and Access Portal
- Find parent survey in multiple languages
- Sonoma County Safe Routes to School Program – Evaluation Link
Sample Evaluation Resources
- Sample Survey Training Agenda (for school staff training)
- Sample School Travel Tally Sheet
- Sample Letter to Schools
- White Board Chart for Student Travel Tally – draw this simple template on the classroom white board to gather your tally data
NOTE: All recipients of California SRTS Federal funds are required to collect data as part of a National Evaluation of federally-funded SRTS programs. If your program is funded through a Federal SRTS award, please visit Caltrans Awardees, Evaluation Requirements.