SafetyLit Foundation

Preventing Injuries by Providing Information

San Diego, CA   |  https://www.safetylit.org

Mission

The mission of SafetyLit is to provide a comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable, Internet-based bibliographic database of scholarly journal articles, technical reports, and theses concerning all issues of safety arising from many professional disciplines and nations. The items will be indexed in a way that access to information by policy-makers, practitioners, researchers, and the general public will not be hindered by obscure professional jargon or arcane search terms. SafetyLit provides abstracts of reports from researchers who work in the more than 30 distinct professional disciplines relevant to preventing and researching unintentional injuries (accidents), violence, and self-harm. SafetyLit is free service, presented without advertising.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director / Curator

David Williams Lawrence Ph.D.

Main address

P. O. Box 19130

San Diego, CA 92159 USA

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EIN

46-3470743

NTEE code info

Other Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief N.E.C. (M99)

Engineering and Technology Research, Services (U40)

Social Science Research Institutes, Services (V20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

To prevent injuries it is necessary to have information about the factors that contribute to their occurrence. With this information we may understand the options for prevention and sound policy-making. Effective injury prevention requires a multifaceted, multidisciplinary approach. SafetyLit provides abstracts of reports from researchers who work in the more than 30 distinct professional disciplines relevant to preventing and researching unintentional injuries (accidents), interpersonal violence, and self-harm. Among these are agriculture, anthropology, architecture, economics, education, engineering specialties, ergonomics and human factors, health and medicine, law and law enforcement, psychology, social work, sociology, and many other fields.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SafetyLit Bibliographic Database

The SafetyLit database contains (in late 2019) about 619,000 items beginning with publications of the mid-17th century concerning the safety of farmers, mariners, and miners.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Each week, summaries of 400-500 recently-published scholarly journal articles and technical reports are distributed via email, pdf documents, and category specific RSS feeds.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The SafetyLit Foundation maintains a library of books, scholarly journals, technical reports, theses, and other publications. This is not a lending library.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

ICEHS Section Public Service Award 2008

American Public Health Association

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of reports written/published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

SafetyLit Weekly Update Bulletin

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of issues of the SafetyLit Weekly Update Bulletin released per year

Number of scholarly journals from which articles are indexed per year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

SafetyLit Bibliographic Database

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of scholarly journals that contributed 3 or more articles to the SafetyLit index. Items are being added to the database from journal back-files. Thus, these numbers may increase.

Number of nations where SafetyLit-tracked journals are published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

SafetyLit Bibliographic Database

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of nations where SafetyLit.org visitors live

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

SafetyLit Bibliographic Database

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

UN member states. Measured by analytics from Google and Alexa. (Mean of the two maximum reported numbers of visitors by nation).

Number of list subscribers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

SafetyLit Weekly Update Bulletin

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Peak number of subscribers in given year. Note: the decline in subscribers 2011-2012 coincided with the Weekly Update Bulletin contents becoming available as RSS feeds.

Number of items (journal articles, technical reports, conference proceedings) summarized in the Update Bulletin

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

SafetyLit Weekly Update Bulletin

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Mean number of articles per weekly issue per year

Number of indexed/summarized items added to the database by year of publication

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

SafetyLit Bibliographic Database

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Journal articles, technical reports, and academic theses added to the SafetyLit database during the listed year. This value does not include abstracts from conference proceedings.

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

SafetyLit Bibliographic Database

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Measured by analytics from Google and Alexa. (Mean of the two reported numbers of visitors )

Number of return website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

SafetyLit Bibliographic Database

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Measured by analytics from Google and Alexa. (Mean of the two reported numbers of visitors/sessions)

Number of periodicals distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

SafetyLit Weekly Update Bulletin

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of downloads of the weekly SafetyLit Update Bulletin per year (rounded to nearest thousand)

Number of universities, government agencies, and NGOs linking to SafetyLit.org

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

SafetyLit Bibliographic Database

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of web pages from educational and government domains linking to SafetyLit.org (as derived from Majestic and Google data)

Number of searches of the SafetyLit bibliographic database per year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

SafetyLit Bibliographic Database

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Data from web server logs. There are frequently multiple searches per session. (Rounded to nearest thousand.)

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SafetyLit has been operating with 1.5 FTEs or fewer since its inception in 1995. Operation has been dependent upon the knowledge and experience of one or two people. We hope to hire appropriate experts so that the life of SafetyLit will not end when the current staff (aged in their 60s) can no longer continue working.

Although SafetyLit is popular, the breadth and depth of the items in the database should increase. In addition to the 350+ records of new publications that are added each week, it is important to continue to add material from journal back-files, book chapters, and technical reports published in the past.

SafetyLit has been working to improve the query system used by searchers of the database. A thesaurus of index terms is under construction but this project has languished from lack of support.

Although great strides have been made through the work of volunteers, experts must be hired to implement the plans and staff the project long term. The work to expand the database requires content experts to select relevant material and to supplement the authors' abstracts with explanations that can be understood by any reasonably educated person and not only those who work in the field from which the author draws his or her professional jargon.

SafetyLit has employees and volunteers who can supervise the hiring and training of new staff but to ensure the continuation of SafetyLit and for it to continue to improve, new personnel are needed.

SafetyLit began in 1995 as a simple email message sent to about 50 subscribers. Through the years many improvements in the SafetyLit system and database contents have brought more and more users. SafetyLit has depended upon one or two volunteers and the support of government agencies to cover server costs. Although government funding diminished with the U.S. government funding "sequester" and was eliminated completely in mid-2013; SafetyLit has continued through volunteer work of former staff and others. The needs listed above cannot be accomplished at the current staffing levels.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    SafetyLit made changes to the database search system to allow restrictions based upon the date that records were added to the database. This allows searchers to restrict items returned to only articles and reports that were added in the previous several days or weeks.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SafetyLit Foundation

Board of directors
as of 6/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sandra McBrayer

San Diego Children's Initiative

Term: 2013 - 2016

Roger Harrell

Dorchester County Health Department, Cambridge, MD.

Kathi Ayers

San Diego State University

Jess Kraus

University of California, Los Angeles

Lauren Luchi

American Federation of Teachers

Alan Smith

University of California, San Diego

Mary Beth Moran

Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/03/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/03/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.