Iowa has a long history of promoting data improvement and uses through its STRCC. Iowa has had a multidisciplinary statewide traffic records committee for communication, planning, and coordination since June 1994.
STRCC membership is comprised of a diverse group of traffic safety professionals, who understand the need for quality traffic safety records. The need for quality records is even more pronounced in light of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)(Pub. L. 112-141, July 6, 2012) transportation act and performance-based requirements.
Traffic records systems are a complex network of programs and systems involving numerous agencies that collect, report, maintain, and analyze data involving many highway safety related processes, methods, and component systems. Iowa’s traffic records system is comprised of six core data systems: crash, driver, vehicle, roadway, citation/adjudication, and injury surveillance. The data systems are managed by a variety of agencies so it is critical that systems integrate and link for effectiveness. Performance attributes of timeliness, accuracy, completeness, uniformity, integration, and accessibility are tied to the six core systems.
Federal legislation requires each state to have a traffic records coordinating committee. The coordination, management, and continued improvement of the traffic records system is the role of Iowa’s STRCC. The STRCC provides a forum for the discussion of highway safety data and traffic records issues; and represents the interests of the agencies and organizations. The STRCC is responsible for approving, developing, and implementing the state’s traffic records strategic plan. The Data Quality and Analysis Coordination team, a focused sub-group of the STRCC consisting of the core data system managing agencies, serves as a focal point for data quality and analysis issues, and transmitting this information to the greater STRCC membership as well as the public.