Development of a Guide for Transportation Technology Transfer

State departments of transportation (DOTs) and other organizations responsible for development and management of our surface transportation system seek to enhance both system performance and their capabilities to make improvements. Innovation through adoption of new technology is an important way to make improvements. The challenges to be faced in adoption of new technology, however, are widely acknowledged and persistent. Experience has shown that an important part of the technology transfer (T2) process is the first adoption; the pioneering effort of a courageous implementer is crucial. However, after the first adoption, other efforts are needed to ensure that the new practices are widely disseminated and applied to change current practices and ultimately improve system and organizational performance. The objective of this research was to develop a guide to strategies, methods, case examples, and techniques that facilitate adoption of innovations to improve performance. The research team reviewed the current state of practice in T2 and acceleration of innovation in government and industry, and described a process for addressing problems likely to be faced in a particular innovation-implementation situation.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • The guide has been published as National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 768. An extensive literature review document may be dowloaded at


  • English


  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $160000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-93

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    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
  • Performing Organizations:

    Pennoni Associates, Incorporated

    3001 Market Street
    Suite 200
    Philadelphia, PA  United States  19104-2897
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hood, Mark

  • Start Date: 20120409
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20131209
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37903

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01545920
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-93
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 27 2014 1:01AM