iRAP was formed in 2006 as a global umbrella organisation for EuroRAP, usRAP and AusRAP and also to facilitate work in low and middle-income countries. See the history of RAPs here.
iRAP partners with organisations in more than 100 countries and is the umbrella organisation for a number of official ‘x’RAPs including:
Whether you wish to sign a National Licence Agreement to develop an ‘x’RAP or simply develop RAP activity in your country, we’re here to help. Read on to understand what a RAP is, what makes them effective and explore our resources to develop your RAP.
Whilst RAPs can be very different in their structure and focus, successful RAPs tend to have well-coordinated activities in one or more of the following Programme Elements. The goal is to make progress in all the elements.
This is supported by an ecosystem of partners working together with the common goal to save lives and serious injuries by eliminating high-risk roads. No one person or organisation can do it all. Building and engaging the partner ecosystem with a coordinated plan is key to achieving impact on scale.
Listen to iRAP Global Programme and Communications Manager Judy Williams talk about the RAP Ecosystem and what makes an effective RAP:
RAPs can be led by a single champion or managed by a group of people coordinating national and/or provincial efforts to eliminate high-risk roads.
The key features of RAPs are:
- They are dedicated to saving lives and preventing injuries.
- They include coordinated activities that use the RAP methodology, tools and resources. This may be complemented by other tools such as road safety audits and crash data systems.
- They comprise people and organisations united for a common purpose.
- They shape to suit the local context.
No two road assessment programmes are the same. Whilst this resource offers a framework for RAP development, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Each RAP is structured and focussed on different activities and priorities to suit the local context and development is not necessarily linear to a set of progressive steps. National programmes may, for example, operate for a number of years with many activity successes before they formally launch as a RAP.
If you want to become an official RAP, a National Licence Agreement provides the framework to develop an 'x'RAP and logo. However, if you're simply interested in developing RAP activity, these resources are equally valuable. Many countries are making achievements that we would associate with a successful road assessment programme even though a RAP hasn’t been formally established. Vietnam is one such example with star rating targets embedded in their National Road Safety Strategy, training of hundreds of local stakeholders in the RAP Tools, and the iRAP methodology in use in lots of innovative ways to drive development of a safer road network.
Whether or not you choose to create a formal RAP in your country, if you’re interested in using the RAP resources and working with partners to create safer roads and save lives, we consider you part of the RAP family!
Aligned to iRAP’s charitable mission, our global partnerships ensure innovative ideas from one programme partner can be shared with others for mutual benefit, maximising resources, time efficiencies and money.
The following Resources for 5-Star RAPs is made possible thanks to the FedEx sponsored 5-Star Global Connections Initiative and the support of IndiaRAP Team. Examples of partner best practice are shared to help you develop a successful RAP.
First things first …
So you’re interesting in developing a RAP? Before you get too far in planning, complete these first steps to understand the existing local situation:
– Visit iRAP’s Where We Work map to find out if iRAP assessments are occurring in your country and connect with the National Lead
– For new countries, contact the iRAP representative for your region to discuss opportunities
– Explore Vaccines for Roads to understand the Human Impact of Injury in your country, how safe the roads are, the road attributes that matter, and the Business Case for Safer Roads
– Check out your country profile in the WHO Global Status Report for Road Safety
– Review the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 and work with others to implement it in your country
– Learn about Targets 3 and 4 for safe road infrastructure
– Explore the RAPTools
If there’s no existing RAP in your country, complete a RAP Feasibility Questionnaire to document a local scan of existing road safety agencies, data, systems and activities and consult with iRAP.
Ready to explore the resources?
There is no one-size-fits-all approach for a successful RAP; these resources may be used in any order and in a way that best suits your local context. Simply click on the element of the Programme Element you’d like to develop:
Click here to access the downloadable portion of the full resource package; see above full web resource for all materials.
For more information
To connect with other successful RAPs, for further advice, or to provide recommendations of new RAP Resources, please contact Global Programme and Communications Manager Judy Williams on email [email protected]
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