The Road Safety Evaluation Fund

A robust, independent, and open evidence base helps us to demonstrate we are delivering on the key priority focus areas identified by Scotland Road Safety Framework mid-term review, of speed, age and vulnerable road users, through to 2020. Evaluation is at the heart of this, providing clear evidence of the effectiveness and the impact our road safety interventions are having.

An understanding of how road safety interventions function – both in terms  of their effectiveness in delivering outputs, aims and objectives, and the eventual broader impacts on road safety – is essential to inform strategic decision-making and the allocation of resources. Without an understanding of what is working well, and what is working less well, it is not possible to systematically improve road safety.

The Road Safety Framework to 2020 promotes evaluation and encourages, road safety ideas and initiatives that, together with partners, we can trial or pilot in one area, evaluate and then share the results across Scotland to help spread best practice and improve road safety for all.

The newly created Road Safety Evaluation Fund will focus on a retrospective evaluation and the wider impact interventions are having on road safety.


The road safety evaluation fund is open to all road safety partners and organisations (both public and professional associations), registered charities and university departments across Scotland. Private commercial enterprise, Community Interest Companies and not for profit businesses will be considered for funding providing that it can be demonstrated that the schemes or initiatives proposed are for charitable activity and for the public benefit and meet the road safety evaluation fund criteria.

Funding criteria

The criteria for a successful application are as follows:

  • the road safety initiative must be running for a period of 2 years or longer
  • the road safety initiative must be evaluated by an independent evaluator
  • the road safety initiative should support Scotland’s Road Safety Framework’s commitments and have developed approaches, knowledge or learning around Road Safety
  • the road safety initiative has clear objectives and long-term outcomes and a good understanding of the Road Safety issues to be addressed
  • the proposal will demonstrate how it will be a benefit to the public regarding road safety
  • there should be a clear indication of costs for retrospective evaluation
  • the proposal should include a clear programme and timetable for evaluation containing the achievement of the project objectives and broader impact
  • *the agreement for Transport Scotland to publish the evaluation
  • the proposal includes a clear explanation of why an application is being made to the road safety evaluation fund.

* Requests for further dissemination of the work in professional journals or at conferences will be determined on a case by case basis.


Funding will not be issued where:

  • the application is deemed to have a clear profit motive.
  • the application is deemed to be focused on exploitable **intellectual property (IP) and the public benefit is not clear
  • applications are of a party political nature or likely to be in breach of laws relating to equality and opportunity

** Ideas and concepts are termed Intellectual Property (IP)

Assessment criteria

Funding will be awarded on the overall strength of the proposal in relation to how well the assessment  criteria are met. Applicants should, therefore, consider carefully and demonstrate clearly.

Evaluations will be expected to give an indication of the wider benefits to road safety that could be expected from the research.


We will assess the evaluation funding applications and will provide an initial indication to the overall strength in relation to the specified criteria before the applications are fully assessed and agreed by the Operational Partnership Group (OPG) and finally approved by the Strategic Partnership Board (SPB).

It should be noted, the total amount of funds to be allocated for the Road Safety evaluation fund will be reviewed on an annual basis.

The call for Evaluation funding applications goes live on 15 June with a closing date of Thursday 26 September 2019 at midnight.

How to apply

Download the Road Safety Evaluation Fund application form below.

For further information contact the Road Safety Policy Team on 0131 244 6345 or

Fully completed application forms should be returned to