Risk Management at State DOTs: Building Momentum and Sustaining the Practice

The objective of this research is to develop content on how to implement and sustain the use of formal risk management at state DOTs. The content will be suitable for the AASHTO Transportation Management Hub (found at https://www.transportationmanagement.us) and will include but not be limited to the following topics: (1) Value proposition: how to establish and communicate the value of risk management for decision-making across state DOTs; (2) Organizational change: how to initiate organizational changes at all levels that enable and strengthen the use of formal risk management; (3) Promotion: guidelines and examples on how leadership, mid-management, and others can champion risk management within the organization; (4) Mindset and culture: how to develop and sustain a risk-management mindset and agency culture that integrates risk management across programs and into key decision-making processes; and (5) Other topics relevant for implementation as identified though the research. The content will be based on an in-depth review and evaluation of experience at state DOTs and other public and private sector organizations, with a particular focus on organizational traits and change management strategies needed to overcome barriers to implementing and sustaining  formal risk management.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $350000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-151

  • 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:

    Hartell, Ann

  • Performing Organizations:

    Jacobs Engineering Group

    Corvallis, OR  United States  97330
  • Principal Investigators:

    Campbell, Mara

  • Start Date: 20220621
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240620
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01772192
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-151
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 24 2021 10:17PM