The Washington Traffic Safety Commission in partnership with the Washington Department of Transportation held a one-day workshop on December 13 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Washington.
The workshop, called The Partner Meeting, was a gathering of state and local agencies, private organizations, tribal representatives, law enforcement and individuals – essentially anyone that works to reduce crashes on Washington’s roadways.
The meeting was held to support the writing of the Target Zero Plan – Washington’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan. The plan is updated every three years and lays out the highest priority programs and strategies to save lives and reduce serious injuries from traffic crashes. The ultimate goal of the plan is to eliminate fatal or serious injury traffic crashes by the year 2030. Thus the name – Target Zero.
The challenge for organizers was to design the meeting to gather input from the more than 200 attendees. They took an innovative approach using Poll Everywhere. Poll Everywhere is a web-based application that facilitates on-the-fly group polling and it was used extensively in the afternoon sessions. Each of the six afternoon breakout sessions started with a 10-20 minute presentation on a topic followed by a facilitated question and answer session using Poll Everywhere. Attendees were asked a mix of multiple choice, true/false, and open ended questions. The results were positive. Attendees provided a great deal of actionable input in a short amount of time. All of the comments received were summarized in a report that has been shared with those writing the Target Zero Plan. It had the additional benefits of affording everyone an equal chance to weigh in, prevented grand standing, and gave voice to those reluctant to speak in large groups.
A video summary of the meeting, all presentations and the final report with all the Poll Everywhere comments can be found by visiting www.wtscpartners.com/tz-update/partner-meeting.