It may be appropriate for the SHRP 2 implementation oversight committee to obtain additional specialized input from subcommittees or other groups that include technical experts, users of a particular group of research products, specialists in training and technology transfer, and other parties interested in or affected by SHRP 2 implementation. The number and nature of these other committees may evolve over time as the implementation program develops and progresses.

The size and unique features of the SHRP 2 safety database warrant a focused oversight group. A safety database oversight committee, under the general auspices of the SHRP 2 implementation oversight committee, should be established to provide oversight and advice on the long-term stewardship and use of the database. This committee should include highway safety researchers and practitioners from the public, private, and academic sectors, as well as experts in database management, security, and privacy issues. The committee should provide both policy and technical guidance to NHTSA and through NHTSA to any contractors the agency may engage to administer a safety data center. The committee’s mission would be to ensure the widest possible access to the safety data, consistent with protection of the private or sensitive nature of the data, and to ensure that use of the data meets the highest scientific standards. NHTSA should determine the best way to provide institutional review board (IRB) oversight of the use of the data. The safety database oversight committee might serve as the IRB, might have an IRB subcommittee, or might cooperate with an existing IRB to ensure ethical use of the data.

Recommendation 5: Detailed implementation plans should be developed as soon as feasible to guide the implementation efforts.

The SHRP 2 research program is still at an early stage and does not include the charge to produce detailed implementation plans. As soon as implementation funding is made available, however, FHWA should develop detailed plans that include, at a minimum, the elements outlined in Chapter 7. These plans should be coordinated with the ongoing SHRP 2 research program and should be based on appropriate input from users and technical experts. The implementation plans should be living documents that are periodically updated and should be made publicly available.

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