Global Road Safety Leadership Courses (GRSLC)

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The Global Road Safety Leadership Courses (GRSLC) are a suite of courses developed and delivered by the Global Road Safety Partnership, in partnership with Johns Hopkins University’s International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU). These courses are made possible through the generous support of Bloomberg Philanthropies.

About the training programme

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The GRSLC are residential and online training programmes that aim to build leadership capacity to design, advocate for, and implement effective road safety programmes and policies. Each course welcomes participants drawn from partner organisations from within the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), as well as key personnel from government agencies, civil society organisations and Red Cross/Red Crescent National Societies who are actively engaged in road safety activities globally.

The courses have been delivered as both an in-person, two-week immersive programme, and as an online offering incorporating webinars with presentations from technical experts and comprehensive online training modules.

Since its inception in 2016, the GRSLC has trained more than 620 participants from 67 countries worldwide. Course delivery across the in-person and online iterations has included input from a range of key road safety organisations and national and city representatives specialising in road safety.

The Courses:

Global Road Safety Leadership Course (GRSLC)

With a focus on key leadership principles, the GRSLC explores topics centred on the key areas of focus of the 2nd Decade of Action for Road Safety, covering topic areas including:

    • The road trauma problem: an overview of the global burden
    • Road safety risk factors
    • The role of road policing in road safety
    • Post-crash response: measurement, data and case studies
    • Urban design for road safety
    • Safer vehicles and road safety
    • Strategic communications & behaviour change campaigns

Key features of the programme include:

    • Delivery through a diverse, experienced international faculty that aims to challenge and inspire participants
    • Thematic emphasis on leadership across a range of road safety issues, irrespective of participants’ positions in their organisations
    • Certification from a leading university and global road safety set of partners

The GRSLC has also been adapted to online delivery, which covers all the key areas of focus through a combination of online webinars and a comprehensive web learning platform. This has been delivered primarily as a course for Initiative Partners of the BIGRS to-date.

Global Road Safety Leadership Course: Master Class (GRSLC:MC)

The GRSLC: MC is a course specifically designed for senior road safety leaders, with a key focus on enabling strategic decision-making that will provide a framework for evidence-based road safety interventions. The course combines delivery through a comprehensive web learning platform and an in-person one-week engagement. The course introduces key road safety topics and issues, but also gives a significant focus to leadership principles and road safety management. There is also a strong focus on the utilisation of data to inform best-practice approaches.

Road Policing Executive Leadership Course (RPELC)

The RPELC has been created for senior police and enforcement officials who work in countries enrolled within the BIGRS.

The goal of this course is to build the executive leadership capacity of senior police to enable them to strategically address key road safety risks through the effective implementation of evidence-based interventions. The course takes a comprehensive Safe System Approach to road safety and outlines how senior police are a critical stakeholder in delivering measurable road trauma reduction outcomes by reducing death and serious injuries from road crashes.

Key features of the course include:

    • Delivery of this programme through road policing officers, leaders, and global experts.
    • Thematic emphasis on road policing leadership, police legitimacy, partnerships, and effective community communication.
    • Certification from a leading university and global road safety partners.
    • Admission into the Global Road Policing Network.

The course is designed to be delivered either as a one-week in-person engagement or as a four-week online delivery.

Alumni Fellowship Programme

The full suite of GRSLC programmes also includes an Alumni Fellowship Programme, which is a unique 12-month engagement with select alumni of the courses to further encourage their role as leaders in road safety following completion of the GRSLC courses. The Alumni Fellowship Programme was launched in 2021 with its first cohort and will continue in 2022 and beyond.

Upcoming courses

Global Road Safety Leadership Course: Baltimore USA, 7 – 19 May 2023

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