Ahead of the Curve: Mastering the Management of Transportation Research Training Program--Developing Course Outlines and Offering One-Day Pilot

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) established a new task force--ABG05T, Ahead of the Curve: Mastering the Management of Transportation Research--to develop and deliver a coordinated and continuing training program that enhances the knowledge, skills, and abilities of individuals involved in managing transportation research and innovation programs. State department of transportation (DOT) personnel involved with different aspects of the Cooperative Research Programs represent a major focus of this training program. Individuals from universities, consulting firms, and other agencies and groups represent additional audiences for this training program. The TRB Task Force has completed a number of activities, including developing goals, objectives, draft curriculum, a draft communications/‌marketing plan, draft quality control and credibility strategies, and implementation concepts. A workshop was held at the 2014 TRB Annual Meeting to gain input from approximately 60 representatives from state DOTs and other agencies and groups. Strong support for the program was voiced by participants. The draft curriculum includes an introductory course and four core courses. An additional 12 possible elective course have also been identified. Much of the material for the courses is available from previous NCHRP projects, such as the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 610: Communicating the Value of Transportation Research, as well as from other sources. The objectives of this project are to identify source materials and develop the outlines for the four basic courses and the 12 elective courses for the Ahead of the Curve training, and to pilot test and evaluate the one-day introductory course currently under development by the Task Force.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-105

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Hedges, Christopher

  • Start Date: 20141116
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37535

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543522
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-105
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 17 2014 1:01AM