Research without implementation and outreach is like preparing dinner and not eating it. Much of the transportation research sponsored by NCHRP and state departments of transportation is intended to develop practical, implementable solutions. This workshop shares case studies and methods of implementing transportation research. Participants can learn what transportation agencies have done and can use lessons to inform their own research and agency operations.
Development of NCHRP 20-44: Moving Research into Practice
Harold Paul, LTRC RetiredShow Abstract
The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) manages practical, applied research that addresses problems identified by practitioners and managers in state departments of transportation (DOTs). NCHRP publishes the research results and delivers implementable products. The benefits from the project findings, however, begin with implementation by state DOTs and other transportation agencies. To ensure that the research products are viable, NCHRP considers implementation throughout the course of a project—from the development of the problem statement to the awarding of the research contract and beyond to the completion of the research.
This workshop will discuss how this project functions to provide implementation funding and will provide three case studies of funded implementation projects, providing examples of implementation activities leading to deployment of the research and its products.
Functioning of the NCHRP 20-44 Project
Sid Mohan, Transportation Research BoardShow Abstract
This presentation will discuss the application process; review by panel members; types of projects funded to date; list of funded projects completed and on-going; and, performance measures.
Case Study 1: NCHRP 20-44(01): Increasing WMA Implementation by Leveraging the State of the Knowledge
Leslie McCarthy, Villanova UniversityShow Abstract
This presentation will discuss the project description; surveys; workshop; follow-on activities; recommendations/conclusions; performance measures.
Case Study 2: NCHRP 20-44(06): Consultant Support for Massachusetts DOT’s Commission on the Future of Transportation in the Commonwealth
Stephen Woelfel, Massachusetts Department of TransportationShow Abstract
Recognizing significant challenges and opportunities that face Massachusetts’ transportation system, Governor Charles Baker established a commission of experts from across the transportation and environmental sectors to examine the potential forces that could disrupt the Commonwealth’s transportation system over the next twenty years. Many of these forces are the same or similar to the issues that were the subject of NCHRP Report 750, Strategic Issues Facing Transportation. Using scenario planning as a framework and the support of an experienced consultant team, the “Commission on the Future of Transportation in the Commonwealth” will review these forces and craft recommendations that will help Massachusetts be ready for these challenges.
Case Study 3: Domestic Scan 14-01: Accelerating the Rate of Innovation Among State Departments of Transportation: A Peer Exchange
Kathryn Zimmerman, Applied Pavement Technology, Inc.Show Abstract
In 2015, a domestic scan was conducted to investigate successful practices that have let to reliable and adequate funding levels to support maintenance programs. One of the scan recommendations was to conduct a Peer Exchange with Maintenance Engineers from across the county to promote the sharing of performance-based management practices, policies, and tools. This presentation describes the journey to making the Peer Exchange a reality.