Evaluation of the Stepping Out pedestrian training scheme

  • Published: Brainbox Research Ltd for Staffordshire County Council, 2010
  • Authors: L. Hillyard
  • Date Added: 15 Mar 2013
  • Last Update: 20 Mar 2013
  • Format: pdf

Objectives:

Stepping Out is a road safety pedestrian training scheme for 7-9 year olds comprising three phases:

  • Teacher-led classroom training;
  • A 60-90 minute practice walk during which children learn to walk a route on roads near to their school; and,
  • An observed walk which assesses skills the children have learnt on the scheme, during which children independently walk the route they learnt.

This study sought to undertake an independent evaluation of Stepping Out to provide evidence around the changes in children’s road safety knowledge and behaviour and the long-term impact of the scheme.

Methodology:

Quantitative and qualitative methods (interviews, questionnaires and focus groups) were used at intervention and control schools to test road safety knowledge before and after intervention. Parents and teachers were also questioned to investigate the quality of Stepping Out materials, teaching methods and the effect the scheme has on children.

Key Findings:

  • The research revealed that Stepping Out has been successful in improving children’s knowledge of road safety.

  • The research also revealed that children clearly understood the road safety messages and were able to put their newly acquired road safety knowledge into practice.

  • Feedback from children, parents and teachers during focus groups and interviews was positive, with comments noting that the scheme had raised both knowledge and awareness of road safety issues, and that the quality of the training was high.

  • The scheme has helped to increase children’s and parents’ awareness of potential dangers on and around roads, in particular driveways, and has helped children to understand the potential consequences of their actions.

Themes:

Child road safety, Education, Evaluation

Comments:

Robust, using real life skills as an indicator of success.

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