Most individuals in their work are subject to routine appraisals (e.g. annually), checking whether they have met the standards expected by their organisation.
Most organisations are also subject to routine appraisals, e.g. companies are subject to the test of survival against their competitors (unless operating as a monopoly), and schools are inspected by Ofsted, banks by the Bank of England, and care homes and hospitals by the relevant supervisory bodies.
But not all services are subject to inspection, and protection of pedestrians is one of them. Without inspections, organisations can become incompetent or arrogant and other forms of malpractice can florish. This seems to be the situation with the road safety service for pedestrians provided by a number of organisations.
There is no reason why non-official bodies should not carry out appraisals of councils or other bodies with pedestrian safety responsibilities. In a democracy, individual citizens and groups of citizens are (with others) the ultimate employers of all officials and politicians (however powerful), and have the right to expect certain minimum standards of performance. They have the right (and if they have specialist knowledge, perhaps an obligation) to speak up about instances of poor performance, so that the poor performance can be corrected.
It seems likely that an appraisal will result in positive outcomes if
How might the performance of the various agencies be judged with regard to pedestrian safety?
Here is a suggested five-point scale:
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