Tanya Fosdick, Agilysis & Lorraine Willis, Highways England

Tanya Fosdick is an experienced researcher who specialises in translating complex evidence into practice. With more than a decade of experience in the road safety sector, especially in relation to young drivers and motorcyclists, Tanya seeks to bridge the gap between academia and practitioners to improve the quality of road safety interventions, particularly in the educational arena.

Tanya is head of research at Agilysis and principal research associate at Road Safety Analysis, leading research for both organisations, collaborating with the internal teams and often a variety of external experts to deliver projects.

Tanya's most recent work includes exploring the issues related to rural young drivers, adult pedestrians, occupational road risk, older drivers, the road safety performance of the Coalition Government and assessing the British Road Safety Statement.

In addition to research, Tanya has been leading evaluation projects since 2003, incorporating behaviour change theories into evaluation methodologies. She is currently involved in a variety of local and national evaluation projects exploring the efficacy of young driver, advanced driver training and motorcycle interventions.

Lorraine Willis is currently the regional road safety coordinator at Highways England covering the East of England. After completing a degree in environmental science, Lorraine worked as a research scientist for four years before joining a local authority where she worked on both sustainable transport and road safety projects.

Following a secondment to a regional role at the Department for Transport, she completed an MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University where her dissertation focused on safety as a motivator for behaviour change. She then moved onto the former Government Office where her remit covered regional road safety.

Lorraine’s current role involves developing an incident and casualty reduction plan for the East Region, detailing how Highways England’s 2020 target for a 40% reduction in killed and seriously injured can be achieved. This role also involves working with and supporting local road safety partnerships.

Presentation: Using the Double Diamond to Discover, Define, Develop and Deliver a young rider intervention
Highways England and road safety partnerships in the East of England have spent the last 18 months undertaking a programme of work to understand how to reduce motorcycle risk. A review of all of the motorcycle interventions in the East was undertaken, examining their evidence base; the target audience compared to KSI figures; and evaluation results of schemes. One conclusion was that young riders were under-represented in interventions compared to their casualty risk.

A two-day ‘Double Diamond’ workshop, involving a select group of practitioners in the East, was held to understand the issues facing young riders and what behaviours should be targeted, following the Behaviour Change Wheel process. One of the outcomes of the workshop is that a trial will take place in Autumn 2018 to test the effectiveness of a revised CBT.

In this presentation, Tanya and Lorraine will discuss the evidence-led approach that has led to this trial; how practitioners were challenged to examine what they were delivering and why; what the trial entailed; and the next steps to providing a sustainable intervention for the future.

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