Guide to Sustaining a Culture of Innovation within Departments of Transportation

The objective of this research was to produce a guide for encouraging and sustaining a culture of innovation within a DOT or other government transportation agency and their partners and a plan for disseminating and facilitating use of the guide. The guide is intended to provide (1) internal and external stakeholders with a practical understanding of what an culture of innovation is and why it is important in a DOT; (2) implementable strategies for staff at all levels for developing such a culture, channeling its efforts, and sustaining its vitality; and (3) specific examples for staff and leaders of measures and tools they can use to assess and report, within the organization and to others outside the organization, the outcomes desired and benefits realized through innovation. The guide has been published as NCHRP Research Report 885. An accompanying summary of the research to produce the guide has been published as Web-Only Document 248.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $250000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-108

  • 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
  • Project Managers:

    Lemer, Andrew

  • Performing Organizations:

    Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company Incorporated

    5511 Capital Center Drive
    Raleigh, NC  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Lorenz, Julie

  • Start Date: 20160711
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180630
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40224

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572376
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-108
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 7 2015 1:01AM