Dissemination of ACRP Research Results

For nearly 50 years the Transportation Research Board (TRB) has applied and refined a set of research management and production practices in its Cooperative Research Programs that have effectively published highly valuable results for transportation-industry practitioners. In addition to publication, several post-production measures are employed to ensure that useful research results are made immediately available to appropriate personnel through TRB's own distribution system. Often, additional dissemination techniques are necessary so that results reach specific modal audiences.The unique makeup of the airport industry has several industry associations representing different audiences, i.e., specific subgroups of airport-practitioners. Air-carrier airports, general aviation airports, airport executives, state aviation officials, aviation-academicians, and airport consultants are some of the obvious divisions among the airport-industry associations. Further practitioner divisions may be apparent at specialty conferences or seminars targeting people that work in specific fields such as administration, environment, engineering, planning and development, public safety, legal, finance, operations, maintenance, etc. Other functional practitioners, such as airport attorneys, regulatory agency representatives, academicians, novice managers, may not participate or cannot afford national association meetings and so other tactics must be employed to reach these practitioners. As a result, the job of disseminating Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) research results to specific airport-practitioner audiences and assessing their value and utility is complex and will require a diverse and simultaneous set of activities. Although diverse audience characteristics will require a variety of dissemination activities, it should be continuing priority to reach a broad array of airport-practitioners. A variety of tactics, some of which may reach only a particular set or sub-set of airport practitioners is needed. The challenges are intensified by the likelihood that certain narrowly scoped ACRP research projects may interest only a particular niche of airport-practitioner. Essentially, ACRP must employ a coordinated strategy that can collectively and affordably reach as many of these groups as is practical. The objectives of this project are to carry out the objectives outlined in the dissemination plan which are to (1) increase awareness of and engagement with ACRP among targeted airport-practitioner audiences and foster/cultivate a group of practitioner-advocates that will actively assist the TRB in the dissemination of ACRP research results throughout the airport industry; (2) increase readership and encourage practical application of ACRP products/publications among practitioners in the airport industry and their organizations; and (3) create feedback methods and channels to determine if and how ACRP research results meet the needs of airport industry practitioners and examine notable (high/low) exceptions.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-05

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Salamone, Michael

  • Start Date: 20160504
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40782

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01598843
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-05
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: May 4 2016 1:00AM