Implementation of Research at ADOT, 2012 to 2019

The ADOT Research Center conducts research in response to the needs of internal stakeholders and produces results that can be implemented to improve the department’s processes and products. As stated in the Code of Federal Regulations, 23 CFR 420.209 (a)(6), “The State DOT must actively implement appropriate research findings and should document benefits.” Every study must have a customer, called the “sponsor,” who is an ADOT employee with the authority to implement the recommendations developed by a study. One measure of the effectiveness of research — and the satisfaction of customers — is the extent to which study recommendations are put into practice. In 2012, the Research Center concluded a study on how many and which types of recommendations developed by research projects over the previous ten years had been implemented or had influenced changes at the department. The study yielded significant data and insights that have guided Research Center practices for the generation of research topics, project monitoring, and report content. Since the conclusion of that major investigation, research center project managers have made an effort to document the impacts of each completed study. However, the Research Center has not engaged in a comprehensive investigation or documentation of the implementation of research recommendations since that time. An update is needed to examine the quantitative and qualitative impact of research on the department (i.e., benefits to ADOT) since 2012 and to advise the Research Center on modifications to its services, processes, and products that may positively influence the implementation of recommendations by research customers. Research Objectives: The research will recommend how the Research Center may improve its services, processes, and products to promote putting study findings into practice, and will develop an efficient method to document the implementation and impact of future research recommendations. To achieve these objectives, the proposed research will: • Determine how many of the recommendations developed by all studies completed since the commencement of the 2012 study were implemented at ADOT. • Identify factors that contributed to successful and unsuccessful implementation. • Using a method that the Research Center can apply to future projects, qualitatively and/or quantitatively measure the impact of the implementation of those recommendations. • Using a method that may include inteviews and surveys of research customers, identify how the Research Center may improve its services, processes, and products to positively influence the implementation of recommendations by research customers.


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    • Accession Number: 01672679
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Arizona Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: SPR-767
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jun 21 2018 12:51PM