Evaluations of FHWA Research & Technology Program Projects (Phase 1)

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) “provides stewardship over the construction, maintenance and preservation of the Nation’s highways, bridges and tunnels. FHWA also conducts research and provides technical assistance to state and local agencies in an effort to improve safety, mobility, and livability, and to encourage innovation” (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/). A significant portion of FHWA’s research activities, evolved over many years in response to successive legislative initiatives, is managed by agency research and technology (R&T) program staff housed at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) in McLean, VA, and other locations. The current objectives and priorities of FHWA’s R&T activities are described in the FHWA Research and Technology Agenda. The ultimate aim of R&T activities is to support FHWA’s mission through deployment of innovations spawned by FHWA research. To ensure that R&T activities are effectively and efficiently contributing to FHWA’s mission, R&T staff apply leading practices in research management and, from time to time, undertake formal evaluations of particular activities, projects, or programs. The Corporate Master Plan for Research and Deployment of Technology & Innovation presents the strategic management framework that FHWA leadership applies to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of R&T activities generally. In addition, FHWA’s R&T staff solicit advice from the Transportation Research Board (TRB), particularly the Research and Technology Coordinating Committee (RTCC). The RTCC issues annual reports commenting on R&T programs generally and suggesting adjustments to program strategies and approaches to improve program relevance, effectiveness, and impact. Within this context, FHWA in 2014 initiated the "R&T Evaluation Program” to assess and communicate the effectiveness of selected projects within the R&T portfolio. Of the 16 such projects initially designated for evaluation, 13 had been evaluated through August of CY2018 (although 1of these had not yet been published); the remaining 3 are underway. These evaluations have been conducted by the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. For the next stage of the R&T Evaluation Program, FHWA has asked TRB to take a more active role in managing evaluations of selected projects. To that end, TRB seeks to engage the services of an evaluation contractor. The objective of this project is to conduct evaluations of specific projects within the FHWA R&T program. These evaluations must be quantitative and indicative of observable contributions of research results to FHWA’s mission and returns on investments of public funds. The reporting of evaluation results should inform FHWA R&T program management and facilitate stakeholder understanding of the value of the R&T program. TRB anticipates that the evaluation contractor will be tasked to work with TRB and FHWA to scope each project evaluation, conduct and document the evaluation, and present the results to TRB and FHWA. Phase 1 of the project will entail evaluation of two particular projects designated by FHWA and TRB. TRB anticipates that the project may continue beyond Phase 1, but continuation will be contingent on agreement between TRB and FHWA, which is not assured at this time.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $450000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Lemer, Andrew

  • Start Date: 20191202
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01718070
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: 00
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 23 2019 3:11PM