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The NTUA Road Safety Observatory (NRSO)

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The NTUA Road Safety Observatory (NRSO)

The NTUA Road Safety Observatory (NRSO) is a Center of Research and Innovation Excellence on Road Safety, with global recognition [ranked: 2nd in Europe and 6th worldwide (AAP 2018)].

The high level scientific personnel of the NTUA Road Safety Observatory (Internationally recognized Professors, Senior Transportation Engineers - Research Associates, Junior Transportation Engineers and IT Engineers) demonstrate a high level scientific expertise covering all fields of road safety (road user behaviour, road infrastructure, vehicle, road safety management) with emphasis on data analysis and management as well on Its and automation. The scientific outcome of the NTUA Road Safety Observatory is produced within more than 100 road safety research projects (mostly international) since '90s, which has led to more than 500 road safety scientific publications, widely cited worldwide.

The Vision of the NTUA Road Safety Observatory is to contribute to the significant reduction of the number of road accidents and of the related casualties in Greece, in Europe and worldwide through the scientific support of evidence based decision making for the necessary road safety policies, programmes and measures.

The NTUA Road Safety Observatory operates since 2004 a fully open and dynamic web-based road safety information system (www.nrso.ntua.gr) containing a wealth of most updated data and knowledge (more than 1.300 items) with:
- new key Reports covering all modern road safety issues
- latest available road safety Data for Greece and the EU
- all important road safety News in Europe and globally
- exhaustive list of road safety Conferences and Events globally
- links to dozens of road safety Resources globally
which are constantly re-posted on NRSO social media.

The NTUA Road Safety Observatory has a widespread recognition at the global road safety community, having received during the last 10 years more than 100.000 visitors and more than 2.500.000 visits (today steadily more than 3.000 visits per month) and high appearance on internet search tools (e.g. google). The highly interesting monthly NRSO newsletter (www.nrso.ntua.gr/nrso-newsletters) is received systematically since 2007 by more than 3.200 experts and stakeholders in the field of road safety in Europe and worldwide.

Key important and useful NRSO contributions to the Global Road Safety Community are the Data and Knowledge Systems, which support decision makers and stakeholders all over the world and have contributed significantly in designing and implementing successful road safety policies, programmes and measures which led to the very significant decrease of the number of accidents and related casualties in Europe during the last decades. The road safety decision support and information systems developed by the NRSO members concern:
Erso - The European Road Safety Observatory
SaferAfrica - The African Road Safety Observatory
SafetyCube - European Road Safety Decision Support System
SafeFITS - Global Road Safety Model
Pract - The CEDR Road Safety APM and CMF Repository
Nrso - The NTUA Road Safety Observatory

If you work together with external partners, list the most important partners and briefly describe their role. 
NRSO is contributing extensively in several projects and scientific committees of the European Commission and other International Organisations (UN-ECE, WHO, ITF, World Bank, EIB, CEDR, ERF, IRF, FEHRL, ECTRI, UITP, ETSC, WCTR, TRB). Furthermore, NRSO cooperates and supports tens of Ministries, Authorities, Industries, Technology Groups, Research Institutes, Universities, NGOs involved in road safety in Europe and globally. More detail is available at the NRSO website and at the NRSO profile file attached.
What problem did you address/are you addressing? 
Road safety is a typical field where important investments are not always bringing results. The major contribution of NRSO is to continuously and dynamically support the road safety decision makers and stakeholders (public and private) at all levels (local, regional, national, international) with updated knowledge and data via open-science in order to identify the appropriate road safety policies, programmes and measures for the significant reduction of the number of road accidents and of the related casualties in Greece, in Europe and worldwide.
What are your objectives? 
Contribute to the reduction of the number of road accidents and of the related casualties in Greece, in Europe and worldwide through the scientific support of evidence based decision making for the necessary road safety policies, programs and measures
Who was/is your target audience? 
Describe the characteristics of your target audience 
The target audience is road safety decision makers and stakeholders (public and private) at all levels (local, regional, national, international) to support their road safety policies, programmes, measures and interventions.
How many people did you reach/have you reached? 
List the actions you carried/are carrying out 
Date 
Dé hAoine, 1 Eanáir, 2016 to Dé hAoine, 31 Bealtaine, 2019
Name of action 

For more than 25 years, the major contribution of NRSO is to continuously and dynamically support the road safety decision makers and stakeholders with updated knowledge and data via open-science and thus, contribute to the significant reduction of the number of road accidents and of the related casualties in Greece, in Europe and worldwide, through the scientific support of evidence based decision making for the necessary road safety policies, programmes and measures.

Is there a plan for continuing these activities in the coming years? 
The NRSO is continuously investing into systematic production and dissemination of scientific knowledge as well as into the support of road safety activities beyond Europe with emphasis on least performing regions (Africa, Middle East, Asia, Latin America). The NRSO aims also to further exploit the new digital infrastructure, services and data (telematics, adas, c-its, automation, maas) for the support of innovative and highly efficient actions for the reduction of road casualties worldwide.
How did you disseminate/are you disseminating results or how did you promote/are you promoting your initiative? 
The NTUA Road Safety Observatory main dissemination tools comprise: - a fully open and dynamic web-based road safety information system (www.nrso.ntua.gr) operational since 2004 and containing a wealth of most updated data and knowledge (more than 1.300 items), - several key road safety decision support and information systems developed by the NRSO members, - the highly interesting monthly NRSO newsletter (www.nrso.ntua.gr/nrso-newsletters), received systematically since 2007 by more than 3.200 experts and stakeholders in the field of road safety in Europe and worldwide, - related social media reproducing key knowledge, data and other activities (linkedin, twitter).
How did you evaluate/are you evaluating the success of your action? 
- global ranking of academic and research activities - success in competitive tenders for research projects (currently 7 Horizon 2020 projects granted out of 35 proposals) - papers accepted in peer-review scientific journals and conferences - various international awards - internal and external evaluators
Who carried/carries out the evaluation activities? 
External evaluation
Internal evaluation
Name of the external evaluator 
MODIP - National Higher Education Quality Control Authority
When did/will you carry out the evaluation? 
Before, after and continuous monitoring
How many groups did you evaluate/have you evaluated? 
Number of interventions groups 
100
Number of control groups 
100
Please list the indicators you use to measure success 
global rankings - success in research competitive tenders - papers accepted in peer-review scientific journals and conferences - various international awards - internal and external evaluators - website visits - google search appearance results
Please describe the evaluation tools you use (i.e. surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc.) 
Multi-criteria evaluations and international benchmarking