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National Institute For Safety Research

Tailored Training on Traffic Crash Data Collection


Utilizing classroom, web-based, and computer-assisted training methods, NISR provides tailored instruction to a wide variety of Highway Safety audiences.

In 2007 NISR assisted in the integration of the existing NASS-GES data collection system into a new combined FARS/NASS-GES training program. Beginning in 2015, NISR assisted NHTSA in the transition of the legacy GES system to the new Crash Report Sampling System (CRSS). NISR continues to assist in the development of FARS/CRSS documents, courseware, coding conventions, guidelines, elements, and definitions. NISR trains all state FARS Analysts, CRSS Samplers, and CRSS Coders in interpretation and translation of information collected on state police crash reports and other sources for inclusion in these Federal crash data systems.

NISR has served as the primary training contractor for the FMCSA's national Crash Data Improvement Program since 2003. Under this effort, NISR has trained law enforcement in over half the states in the proper collection of crash data for commercial motor vehicles.

NISR staff are available to assist in the design of law enforcement and state Highway Safety Office training materials and instruction tailored to your specific training needs for traffic safety, crash reporting, and related topics. Contact us to discuss your training needs.

NISR Training Services

  • Develop and perform classroom, web-based, and automated training on highway crash data coding conventions
  • Design and present state-tailored Commercial Motor Vehicle training for state and local law enforcement agencies and DOT personnel
  • Design data system instruction manuals
  • Crash report evaluation and redesign support
  • Instruction to law enforcement on MMUCC definitions, the purpose of the Crash Report Form and field definitions, common miscoding and misinterpretation of the data fields, how the data is used after collection, and understanding of how officers can help by ensuring correct data collection
  • Instruction to state Traffic Records Coordinating Committees
  • Instruction on Data Analysis and Problem Identification to state Highway Safety Offices
  • Law Enforcement Instruction Manual development and delivery
  • FMCSA DataQ training
  • Instruction to supporting agencies (e.g. Medical Examiners/Coroners, EMS, Vital Statistics, etc.) on the importance of sharing data, FARS, CRSS, and other traffic records topics
  • ANSI D-16.1 definition interpretation guidance
  • Traffic records standardization
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