Step 4. Conduct the Program and Monitor Progress
Step 4 is when the program’s progress will be monitored using the process developed in Step 3. Monitoring or tracking usually involves counting or describing activities. Examples include:
- Counting participants at a bicycle rodeo event.
- Observing crossing guard locations to determine improved safety or increased use.
- Observing a student pick-up location for improved safety or reduced numbers of vehicles.
- Interviewing a walking school bus leader to learn about safety issues or whether parents and students are enjoying the walking school bus.
The intent is to put results into action to improve the program while the program is underway. For example, counting participants at a bicycle rodeo event may reveal that the number of participants is lower, higher or about the same as what was planned. If participant numbers were low, having this information would allow for additional promotion or other strategies to address the shortfall before the next bicycle rodeo. Finding participation to be higher than planned may mean that additional volunteers or equipment will be needed for the next rodeo. When the program ends, this tracking will also make it possible to summarize all activities.
For this school, the interim results indicate that the strategies may be starting to work but that more effort needs to be put into informing parents.
Safe Routes to School Program Evaluation Plan
School: High Hopes Elementary School
4. Conduct the Program and Monitor Progress
Findings during the program:
- Students were unaware of safe walking and bicycling behavior
- Students and families were unaware of existing safe routes to school
- Three walking school bus routes established
- Police report speeding is reduced by some but not all drivers
- Parents interviewed unaware of speed enforcement
- Incentive program increases participation in Walk and Wheel Wednesday program
- Parents do not yield to pedestrians in crosswalk
Recommendations for adjustments:
- Reinforce student safety presentations with hands-on safety events
- Identify two more routes for walking school buses
- Get media coverage of enforcement efforts
- Send information home to parents about enforcement efforts
- Introduce different incentive programs throughout the school year
- Crossing guard needs to be stationed at crosswalk