Regional RAPS

iRAP is part of a global road assessment movement to make roads safer.  See the history of RAPs here.

iRAP was formed in 2006 as an umbrella organisation for EuroRAP, usRAP and AusRAP and also to facilitate work in middle and low income countries. It is now the umbrella organisation for:

Read the Overview of RAP Programmes’ Structure for more information on the history and development of our regional RAPs.

How to Develop a Locally Owned and Led RAP Programme


For a country wanting to build their own locally owned and led RAP programme, there are key steps, a brochure and webinar for guidance.

STEPS TO CREATING A LOCAL RAP PROGRAMME

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Step 1: Investigate if there is an existing national or regional RAP programme
Visit iRAP’s Where We Work Map and click on your country. Contact the local lead and integrate your ideas. To understand how iRAP, regional, national and jurisdictional RAPs work, see here.
Step 2: Undertake a local scan
This will help you to identify what local road safety agencies, data, systems and activities exist. iRAP’s Programme Feasibility Questionnaire will help.
Step 3: Identify champions and lead agencies that can support a local programme

These may include federal, state and local government agencies (transport, road, public works, health, treasury and police), NGOs (mobility clubs, road safety non-profits, engineering and industry associations) and research institutions. Build a database of all the local stakeholders with an interest and/or responsibility to making roads safer. Fill their details into the Database Template for Programme Contacts Form to support advocacy and engagement and speak with iRAP on how they can support building the RAP community.

Step 4: Get to know the iRAP family
Participate in an existing iRAP event and/or talk with a programme lead from another country.
Step 5: Get to know the iRAP protocols
Undertake a risk mappingstar rating and investment plan or road design project assessment to build a practical knowledge of the programme. iRAP can support you with training, project delivery and linkage to iRAP accredited suppliers.
Step 6: Undertake iRAP training and accreditation
See our many training courses available in classroom, webinar and self-paced format. With iRAP accreditation you become part of a community of experts that are able to perform iRAP specification activities and bid competitively to provide specification services.
Step 7: Agree on the structure that is right for your country and finalise lead roles

Every programme is different and shaped by the local context. Effective programmes involve the range of relevant local stakeholders working together to shape all elements for programmatic success. Some RAP programmes are led by a single coordinating programme lead oversighting technical working groups and steering committees, EuroRAP is set up as a member association, and others have nominated lead organisations and individuals to the roles of Programme Lead, Technical Lead, Road Upgrade Lead and Communications Lead. Read how other RAP programmes are structured here and learn about Lead Roles in the Developing a Locally Owned and Led iRAP Programme Brochure. Complete the RAP Programme Lead Roles Form with your ideas on the individuals and organisations who may fulfil RAP leadership roles.

Step 8: Share your success with local, national and global stakeholders
It’s important to share your achievements to recognise the great work of partners and to inspire and guide others on what’s possible. Submit a news item or submit a case study for promotion in iRAP newsletters, websites and social media channels. If you haven’t already, sign up to receive iRAP’s newsletters or see our other Case Studies.
Step 9: Formalise the partnerships
Engage with iRAP or the regional /national RAP programme to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. A National Programme Licence can be signed with iRAP or EuroRAP. State and municipality programmes operate under the leadership of national and regional programmes.

HELPFUL SUPPORT MATERIALS

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On how to set up your programme
  • iRAP’s Developing a Locally Owned and Led RAP Programme Brochure available in multiple languages
  • iRAP’s Developing a Locally Owned and Led RAP Programme Webinar
  • Programme Feasibility Questionnaire
  • Elements for Programme Success Infographic
  • Database template to capture local stakeholders with an interest/responsibility for making roads safer
  • RAP Programme Leadership Roles Form to document the programme, technical, road upgrade and communications leaders and structure of your local RAP
  • Work in road safety but not sure what you can do to support developing a programme in your country? We have some suggested next steps for your action if you're a supplier, representative of government, mobility club, university, road industry, funding body, etc.
  • Setting up and iRAP Programme Checklist 
On data to support your local understanding
  • Vaccines for Roads including iRAP’s Big Data Tool to learn about the state of the world’s roads, case studies of success and iRAP’s Business Case for Safer Roads to see the national and global potential for lives and serious injuries saved and economic benefits of maximising the percentage of travel on 3-star or better roads by 2030.
  • ViDA – iRAP’s online software to create a world free of high risk roads.
  • iRAP’s Road Safety Toolkit – free information on the causes and prevention of road crashes that cause death and injury.
On evaluating your programme
On iRAP tools, systems and training available to support you

To track programme developments and learn from others

Or contact Judy Williams, iRAP Global Programme Manager on email judy.williams@irap.org

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