Effective Experimental Design and Data Analysis in Transportation Research

Transportation agencies spend millions of dollars conducting research to improve their ability to plan, design, construct, maintain, and operate the transportation system. These research projects cover a broad range of topics and use approaches ranging from fully controlled laboratory experiments to field observational studies. Unfortunately, some research projects use inappropriate experimental designs or data analysis techniques thereby increasing costs and decreasing the likelihood of success. There are many excellent university-level texts on experimental design and data analysis, but these are often not well suited to the needs of those involved in state department of transportation (DOT) research. Principal investigators and DOT research program and project managers need practical information that focuses on common problems that DOTs face so that they can make better decisions when planning and conducting research. The objective of this project is to develop guidance for effective experimental design and data analysis for transportation research.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-71

  • 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:

    Derr, B

  • Performing Organizations:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing

    Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Institute for Community Development
    East Lansing, MI  United States  48824-1226
  • Principal Investigators:

    Lyles, Richard

  • Start Date: 20070423
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20101222
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11828

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01549308
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-71
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 31 2014 1:01AM