NCHRP Implementation Support Program. Research Implementation - Strategies for Overcoming Barriers

State departments of transportation (DOTs) define research implementation differently, which leads to inconsistent definitions for quantifying successful implementation and different methods used to identify challenges. Even with a broad definition of implementation and despite efforts to improve implementation of research outcomes across state DOTs, there are still significant implementation gaps relative to the number of research projects completed. Currently, we have a limited understanding of the extent research projects are implemented at state DOTs, lack enough information about why some research projects are not implemented, and lack knowledge on the steps that can be done to improve implementation of research relative to existing state DOT practices. Research is needed to understand the specific roadblocks to research implementation across the United States and the extent that state DOT research programs are impacted. The objective of this project is to identify barriers to implementation of transportation research projects and develop tools and methods to mitigate those barriers. Specific strategies will be developed and offered to stakeholders to improve implementation of research outcomes, and to maximize impact.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $325000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-44(49)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Mohan, Sid

  • Performing Organizations:

    Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

    5370 Kietzke Lane
    Suite 100
    Reno, Nevada  United States  89511
  • Principal Investigators:

    Johnson, Britton

  • Start Date: 20240312
  • Expected Completion Date: 20251112
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01863188
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-44(49)
  • Files: TRB, RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 1 2022 6:11AM