This follow-up assessment leads to the following conclusions:
The beta test was
reasonably representative of foreseeable situations of the actual use
of PBCAT. Even though the sample size was relatively small, the process
of the test was sufficient to have identified any major problems with
the product, if they existed.
PBCAT can be an excellent
tool for introducing crash typing to a previously uninitiated audience.
This is a potentially interesting additional use of the software.
The interface design
of PBCAT is good, clear, straightforward and consistent with prevailing
usage for software designed to operate under Windows®.
and program navigation are clear and intuitive. The conversations did
suggest, however, that some of the users might appreciate a more complete
discussion of the end-to-end process of collecting, entering, typing and
analyzing pedestrian and bicycle crash data. This may be an artifact of
the fact that most of the participants did not routinely work with these
with PBCAT appears to have convinced the participants to use the software
whenever they have a need to analyze pedestrian or bicyclist crash data.
This suggests that demonstrations will be an effective tool in gaining
the widespread adoption of PBCAT.
Overall, the PBCAT beta test appeared to have fully achieved the objectives of this type of assessment. The participants spent sufficient time with the software to develop an opinion about its design and its functionality. Their feedback on the test itself and during this follow-up assessment appears to have been genuine, constructive and often enthusiastic. The test results, together with the findings of this follow-up can be used with confidence by the sponsors in making decisions with respect to distribution of and enhancements to PBCAT.