CSET: Safety Equity and Transportation in Tribal Communities – Navigating Collaborative Approaches and Indigenous Partnerships

AIDC project number: 1709


Rula Awwad-Rafferty



  • Start Date: Sep 1, 2017
  • End Date: Jan 30, 2020

Project Documents

Project Final Report

Project Summary

The power of community-engaged research lies in the opportunity to listen, learn, and develop sustainable /resilient co-authored products that have the potential of greatly impacting the quality of the environmental and quality of life for the communities served. These types of engagements succinctly reveal gaps, inequities, and potentials that often are not reported or misunderstood. This proposed research aims to identify effective approaches for community engagement and foster relationships that lead to revealing these inequities in the transportation safety equity paradigm relative to specific tribal communities.

This project will strategically build and sustain outreach with and into three tribal communities (Nez Perce, Coeur d’Alene, and Kalispell) with whom the University of Idaho has memorandum of understandings for the first year of the five year CSET duration. We will:

1) effectively engage relevant parties needed for larger research efforts,
2) better evaluate what work has been done and the effectiveness of existing programs,
3) establish a baseline understanding using existing and relevant data to inform and evaluate CSET safety efforts, and
4) utilize data generated for targeted projects in future grant years.