New Jersey launched a new strategic planning process in late 2011 to revisit and revise the SRTS Program’s mission, vision, goals, and objectives and, where necessary, align SRTS with the measures to gauge program performance. Much of the work in developing the plan took place at several strategic planning meetings that involved members of the Project Team and Steering Committee. The strategic planning process was informed by:
- a review of evaluation research underway via a five-state pooled fund study
- an overview of federal guidance on SRTS evaluation
- interviews with six state SRTS coordinators
Recognizing past successes and challenges while incorporating new research and findings into deliberations, the Steering Committee and Project Team developed a mission, vision, goals, objectives and performance measures to guide the State’s SRTS activities and shape the SRTS Program through the next five years.
The New Jersey Safe Routes 2020 Strategic Plan Update summarizes a fresh look at the current statewide New Jersey Safe Routes to School program made as part of a strategic planning process. This process was informed by an Advisory Group made up of members including NJDOT staff, MPO staff, TMA staff, advocates, local program champions, and statewide program partners with similar missions and goals. Throughout the strategic planning process, the Advisory group was vital in helping to update the program mission and vision statements and craft a set of goals and objectives to help shepherd the program into the next decade. This collaborative effort has resulted in a plan that will help ensure the New Jersey Safe Routes program delivers service equitably and helps to build safe communities for everyone.