To develop a successful safety plan and ultimately program, agencies need to consider and address several elements first. This includes leadership, agency culture, stakeholder collaboration, public support and buy-in, data collection and availability, and supporting policies. A lack of consensus and collaboration on these topics very early can set an agency up to fail in building a safety practice and later implementation efforts. Doing a baseline assessment can help an agency understand 1) where they are in respect to advancing safe system principles and elements 2) what challenges need to be addressed and 3) specific actions to take to overcome hurdles. With an assessment in place, agencies are better positioned to initiate a plan or continue a safety program. These can be done on a small budget, but have a significant impact on reducing severe crashes.