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Safety Measurement and Analysis

​  The U.S. DOT Volpe Center's Safety Measurement and Analysis Division team develops and redesigns safety programs designed to prevent crashes and save lives. (Adobe Stock Image/K.M.Photo)  ​
The U.S. DOT Volpe Center's Safety Measurement and Analysis Division team develops and redesigns safety programs designed to prevent crashes and save lives. (Adobe Stock Image/K.M.Photo)

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center's Safety Measurement and Analysis Division performs safety analysis, business process redesign, performance and program effectiveness measurement, and communications and outreach to support safety management systems.

Our multidisciplinary team conducts assessments of safety programs and develops methods and models to measure the effectiveness of federal motor carrier safety initiatives, such as carrier compliance reviews, roadside inspections, and commercial motor vehicle traffic enforcement.

We engage stakeholders/users throughout the lifecycle of our programs to listen, continuously improve, pivot when needed, and produce innovative results. Our work is continually informed by data and real-world users to prevent crashes and save more lives. With a deep commitment to our shared safety mission, our team works with our sponsors to develop and redesign safety programs with a goal to transform safety-based decision-making.

Our Capabilities

Safety and Security Assessments  

  • Analyze safety data to understand root and casual factors that contribute to crashes
  • Conduct assessments of safety programs and develop methods and models to measure the effectiveness of safety initiatives
  • Provide stakeholder analysis and outreach to improve the quality of safety data collected in the field 
  • Design and implement education, learning, and training initiatives to improve program effectiveness  

Impartial Investigations and Program Evaluations 

  • Develop program effectiveness models to estimate benefits of safety programs
  • Provide objective federal perspective in assessing crashes, data, and research to inform decision-making and provide policy analysis
  • Design and implement business process strategies and business process reengineering

Applied Data Science  

  • Use advanced data, image analysis, and visualization tools to help solve transportation challenges
  • Analyze, inspect, cleans, transform, and model data to support policy direction and improve quality of safety data  
  • Leverage predictive data to improve safety performance and enable evidence-based decision-making and improve safety culture  

Systems and Infrastructure Modernization and Optimization 

  • Improve the safety, health, and efficiency of transportation systems, including the creation, enhancement, and maintenance of IT capabilities  
  • Deploy human factor research and design to systems and policies to improve transportation safety with due concern for unintended consequences   
  • Develop information resources leveraging emerging technologies to create knowledge from data  

Meet Our Team

View selected staff biographies.

Nancy Kennedy

Chief

Nancy Kennedy