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Paper 27th June 2000 - LGRAS(00)1

LGRAS (00) 1 - A "POST-MORTEM" ON THE "1999" CHANGES TO THE "STATS 19" ROAD ACCIDENT STATISTICS SYSTEM

1. Members of the Group are asked to comment upon their experience of implementing the "January 1999" changes to the "STATS 19" Road Accident Statistics system, and to suggest points that should be kept in mind for the next review and for the implementation of any subsequent changes to the system. Members of the Group may wish to say, for example:

  • what parts of the implementation of the changes went well, and why they went well;
  • what parts of the implementation of the changes went badly, and why they went badly;
  • what lessons should be learned from this;
  • what points should be kept in mind for the next Quinquennial Review, and for the implementation of any subsequent changes to the Road Accident Statistics system, to make the process easier and quicker.

2. For ease of reference, the table overleaf lists some of the main stages in the 1997 Quinquennial Review, and the subsequent implementation of the changes.

SOME OF THE MAIN STAGES IN THE 1997 QUINQUENNIAL REVIEW, AND THE SUBSEQUENT IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CHANGES

DateStage

7 November 1996

Standing Committee on Road Accident Statistics (SCRAS) discussed what might be in the Quinquennial Review, and set up a working group

20 March 1997

LGRAS meeting: paper LGRAS (97) 6 informed members of arrangements for the review

24 March 1997

First meeting of the SCRAS working group

Summer 1997

Police Forces, Councils and others involved in the collection and/or the analysis of "STATS 19" data were asked to suggest possible changes and improvements to the coverage and content of the returns. Over 60 organisations responded.

Autumn 1997

The SCRAS working group considered the suggested changes

4 December 1997

The working group agreed its recommendations to SCRAS

9 December 1997

LGRAS meeting: discussion of the working group's recommendations [which were described in paper LGRAS (97) 8-update]

23 January 1998

SCRAS considered the changes recommended by the working group

25 February 1998

The last of the bodies which is represented on SCRAS agreed to the proposed changes

27 February 1998

A paper listing the changes which would be made to "STATS 19" with effect from January 1999 was sent to LGRAS members

mid-March 1998

DETR Minister approved the report of the review

31 March 1998

The full Quinquennial Review report was sent to LGRAS members

24 April 1998

LGRAS meeting: discussion of points on the Quinquennial Review changes, and their implementation

19 August 1998

The draft "STATS 21" was sent to LGRAS members

16 September 1998

LGRAS meeting: discussion of points on the implementation of the Quinquennial Review changes, and the "STATS 21"

6 October 1998

The final "STATS 21" was sent to LGRAS members

11 November 1998

The final "STATS 20" was sent to LGRAS members

January 1999

The target for implementation of the Quinquennial Review changes

Spring 1999

Central, Grampian and Strathclyde submitted the first Scottish new format "STATS 19" returns

July 1999

The Scottish Executive Road Accident Statistics computer system started to process the "new format" returns. [ NB: this was later than we had wished because (a) the programmer who was working on the system left to help set up the Scottish Parliament's computer systems, and (b) computer staff had to give priority to the introduction of a new office-wide system. ]

Summer 1999 to

Spring 2000

New format "STATS 19" returns were submitted by the remaining Police Forces (some started to send new format data much earlier than others). The last to submit "new format" data did so in April 2000. One Force provided new format data only with effect from its "May 1999" return, and another did so only with effect from its "September 1999" return (both made "old format" returns for the earlier months of 1999).