Administration of Highway and Transportation Agencies. Advancing the Art and Science of Decision-Making

Those in leadership positions at state departments of transportation (DOTs) and other transportation agencies have an essential role as decision-makers. They are called upon to make decisions that establish transportation investment priorities, direct emergency response, allocate staff resources, and define relationships and roles with partners. Although decisions are guided by data, analyses, processes, and policies, decision-makers are also influenced by organizational culture, their own past experience, and contextual factors, including the level of risk or urgency involved.  In an urgent situation, there may be less time to collect and analyze data and consult with stakeholders. Decision-makers also face information overload and need guidance to find the essential elements and information sources needed to make quality decisions. Because transportation decisions and decision-making contexts take many forms, decision-makers must be agile and adaptable. The objective of this project is to develop guidelines for decision-makers at executive levels of state DOTs and other transportation agencies for selecting and using decision-making strategies that can improve the quality, agility, and durability of decision-making.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $300000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-24(141)

  • 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

    5304 Flanders Drive, Suite A
    Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70808
  • Project Managers:

    Brooks, Mike

  • Performing Organizations:

    High Street Consulting Group

    6937 Blenheim Court
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  United States  15208
  • Principal Investigators:

    Batista, Anna

  • Start Date: 20230522
  • Expected Completion Date: 20250125
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01779286
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-24(141)
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2021 5:21PM