Performance Measurement Tool Box and Reporting System for Research Programs and Projects

Transportation research programs conducted by state departments of transportation (DOTs) consist mostly of applied research projects. Research program managers need to analyze their programs and individual projects in order to improve these programs and demonstrate value. However, there are no clear, commonly accepted methods for evaluating the performance of applied research programs and projects. Nevertheless, the complexities of research should not lessen the responsibility to report its benefits to the extent possible. Policymakers, funding sources, and the public need to clearly see the return on their investment dollar. Recognizing this need, National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 20-63, "Performance Measurement Tool Box and Reporting System for Research Programs and Projects," was initiated. The objectives of the project were to develop (1) a tool box for measuring the performance of applied transportation research programs and projects and (2) a web-based system for reporting the accomplishments of individual state research activities and, as a secondary purpose, to aggregate their value on a national level. The objective of this research is to evaluate the existing RPM system (including the website and CD-ROM produced under NCHRP Project 20-63) to build a more flexible web application system to help state DOTs evaluate and document the value of their research products, projects, and programs. The system could be a revision of the existing RPM system or a new system. The system should be intuitive to use, scalable, modular, portable, flexible, and should have much of the functionality of the current RPM system in terms of the information it provides and the calculations it performs.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-63B

  • 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:

    Srinivasan, Nanda

  • Performing Organizations:

    ICF International

  • Principal Investigators:

    Ziegler, Steve

  • Start Date: 20100720
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160719
  • Source Data: RiP Project 24519

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01547702
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-63B
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 13 2014 1:01AM