Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 45-02. Practices for Developing Transparent Best Value Selection Procedures

Best value is a process used to select the most advantageous offer by evaluating and comparing factors in addition to cost or price. Transportation agencies are increasingly using best value selection procedures to deliver transportation projects. In many states, the construction and consulting industries have expressed concerns regarding the transparency and fairness of a process that is based on non-price evaluation factors such as qualifications, experience, technical approach, and innovative solutions. Most transportation agencies want to work with their industry partners to develop transparent and fair procedures that treat all proposers fairly and provide a documented process of the best value selection. Hence, a synthesis that provides information on effective practices that support transparent selection procedures is needed. The objectives of this synthesis are to: (1) Identify selection methodologies that support transparency and achieve the contracting agency's goals of selecting the proposal that represents the best value; (2) Identify proposal evaluation criteria and RFQ/RFP requirements that support transparency; (3) Identify procedures that minimize the overall industry cost of developing proposals, yet still maintain transparency and a fair best value approach; (4) Document procedures, make-up, and structure of the evaluation committee to ensure that it is knowledgeable, fair, and objective; (5) Document debriefing procedures, including what information is shared and when; (6) Identify industry outreach efforts that were used successfully by transportation agencies in implementing best value procurement of highway projects; (7) Review and synthesize the history of best value award protests and their outcomes; and (8) Review and synthesize existing best value enabling legislation. Information will be gathered by literature review, a survey of state transportation agencies (directed to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Subcommittees on Design and Construction with a request for one response per state), and follow-up interviews with selected agencies and industry representatives. The synthesis will include case examples of best value procurements that meet the objectives stated above.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

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    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

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

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
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    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Gause, Jo

  • Performing Organizations:

    Keith Molenaar, LLC.

  • Principal Investigators:

    Molenaar, Keith

  • Start Date: 20141120
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37753

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  • Accession Number: 01543754
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 21 2014 1:03AM