Research Program Design---Administration of Highway and Transportation Agencies. Measuring Performance Among State DOTs: Sharing Good Practices Based on the International Roughness Index

Previous work under NCHRP Project 20-24(37) has demonstrated the benefits of measuring and comparing performance among peer state departments of transportation (DOTs). Keeping such comparisons in the proper context, they are meant to enhance the performance of participating peer state DOTs by identifying and sharing good practice. The purpose is not to rank state DOTs for the popular press, especially when such publicly available comparisons often rely on measures with incompatible data results. NCHRP Project 20-24(37) focused on the comparison of on-time, on-budget capital project delivery performance. The project successfully demonstrated how this comparative process is gathering user support as well as delivering timely feedback on good practices that have achieved successful results.< The project report, Measuring Performance among State DOTs, describes how state DOTs may increase their use of comparative performance measures and provides a foundation for further collaborative development of comparative performance measures by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and its member states.  NCHRP Project 20-24(37)A continued this effort by expanding the number of participating states and producing a summary of best practices, titled, Comparing State DOTs' Construction Project Cost &amp; Schedule Performance-28 Best Practices from 9 States. It would be beneficial to continue the positive momentum realized from this cooperative success by directing it toward another key concern of transportation officials.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Several years of experience with the Federal Highway Administration's Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) and its <em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Highway Statistics</em> report have allowed state DOTs to establish a mature set of asset management data that's available for comparisons, making this set of data a very good source for continuing the process and to further demonstrate the concept of comparative performance measures. </span><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: " new="" times="">The <em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Highway Statistics</em> report has been published annually since 1945.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>It provides a wealth of transportation data for each state and is a readily available source of information to establish long-range trends.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>Unfortunately, as its publishers warn, inconsistencies in measurement interpretation and data collection practices limit the accuracy of this data for direct comparisons among the state agencies.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span>The report suggests that care be taken to properly identify peer states before analyzing the data, but little guidance is provided. <o:p></o:p></span></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-hyphenate: none"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: " new="" times=""><o:p> </o:p></span></strong></p>


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $100000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-24(37)B

  • 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:

    Spy Pond Partners, LLC

    Arlington, MA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Harrison, Frances

  • Start Date: 20070919
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20080518
  • Source Data: RiP Project 18203

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01549597
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-24(37)B
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2015 1:01AM