Administration of Highway and Transportation Agencies. Mapping the Common Interests of AASHTO Committees

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. AASHTO councils and committees—generally referred to here as committees, including subcommittees, task forces, and other formally recognized interest groups—address technical, administrative, and policy concerns arising from a broad array of professional disciplines and multimodal systems comprising the United States’ transportation networks and the state agencies responsible for these networks’ development and management. The committees engage member agency personnel as volunteer participants in applying the highest standards of transportation expertise to advancing the state of practice in virtually every element of planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining transportation services.  While each committee is charged to address defined topics, issues, or areas of interest, there are inevitably commonalities and overlapping of scope and expertise among committees and their members. Collaboration among groups and their individual members across committees provide opportunities for productively addressing common interests in such areas as workforce development, data management and security, performance measurement, and risk mitigation.   Each committee prepares a strategic plan and action plan, develops research problem statements, and oversees development and adoptions of various guides, standards, and technical materials that together embody much of AASHTO’s contributions to applying highest standards of expertise to advancing the state of practice in transportation.  Understanding and managing the scopes and complex interrelationships of interests among AASHTO committees is challenging. Terminology may vary between committees so the ability to develop and document semantic relationships across committees will be critical for analysis. Research is needed to develop a useful characterization of the committees’ interests and initiatives and to demonstrate how this characterization may be used by AASHTO leadership and staff to encourage productive collaboration and inform decision making regarding organizational structure, resource allocation, knowledge management, and strategic direction. The objectives of this project are (1) to develop a functional characterization of the interests of AASHTO’s committees, with particular attention to the interrelationships among committees that may warrant particular efforts to encourage collaboration; and (2) to use this characterization as a basis for suggesting practices for enhancing productivity of member engagement, collaboration, and sharing of information. NCHRP anticipates that the project will draw at least on all current committee Strategic Plans, Action Plans, and subcommittee activities to document the interests of committees and their commonalities and prepare an analytically based functional characterization of these interests and their interrelationships. Proposers are asked to describe a detailed work plan to accomplish the project objectives. The following description is intended to indicate NCHRP’s expectations and provide a framework for that work plan. Proposers are expected to describe research plans that can realistically be accomplished within the constraints of available funds, contract time, and AASHTO’s target dates. Proposers must present their current thinking in sufficient detail to demonstrate their understanding of the issues and the soundness of their approach. Proposers are urged to set explicit target periods for NCHRP project panel reviews of interim products and other milestones to facilitate project management. The selected contractor will be expected to work closely with AASHTO leadership and staff, particularly those of the Committee on Knowledge Management.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $100000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-24(131)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    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
  • Project Managers:

    Lemer, Andrew

  • Start Date: 20200714
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01739646
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-24(131)
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: May 18 2020 3:05PM