In 2000, the British Government introduced a strategy to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in a road accident by 2010 (DETR, 2000). The document also set a number of casualty reduction targets, including a target to halve the number of children killed or seriously injured by 2010.
Education measures form part of this strategy to improve the safety of road users. It is therefore important that good practice in the delivery of road safety education is promoted. Evaluation is essential to establish whether interventions that have been implemented are effective at improving road user safety and can contribute towards Best Value Indicators set for Local Authorities. Evidence based practice is also an increasing requirement for road safety practitioners. The outcome of an evaluation will be influenced by the techniques used to undertake such evaluations. These guidelines offer guidance on the appropriate types of evaluation and the methods to be employed when evaluating a programme.