Knowledge Strategies to support the Research Lifecycle and Application of Research Results

The transportation research community has invested a significant amount of effort to support implementation of research results. The efforts included practices to incorporate implementation expectations in problem statements, contracts, and reports; studies on how to communicate research results and practices to document the value of research; and surveys to capture the use of research products. However, adoption of research findings is still slow, and some are concerned that the value of research isn’t commensurate with the investment in research. This affects the transportation sector as a whole. The slow adoption of applied research findings in the implementation phase is not unique to the transportation sector. The National Institute of Health has established the National Center for Advancing Translation Science to advance knowledge translation (KT) as a practice that “transforms the translational process so that new treatments and cures for disease can be delivered to patients faster.” The National Institute for Health describes knowledge translation science as “focused on streamlining the process of moving (“translating”) … findings into … practice.” The practice of KT maps the lifecycle from research idea to implementation and evaluation of the products, through adoption in real world communities. KT emphasizes the engagement with stakeholders that are closely involved in the target implementation community in order to achieve effective adoption of research. KT also expands the traditional research lifecycle to include feedback to researchers at each stage of the process, and particularly from community adoption. This continual feedback helps researchers and developers improve projects, services, explanations, and adaptions for current and future work. An effective KT cycle helps foster nimble organizations that can respond more quickly to disruptions in practice, use of emerging technology and practice, and changing policy. The objective of this research is to provide a guide that includes: (a) definition of KT, identification of sectors that are currently leveraging KT methods, and a summary of the current uses of KT variations in application; (b) explanation of the KT practices, including participants, activities, and resources needed at each stage of the KT life cycle; (c) review of current state DOT practices to integrate research and new practice; (d) comparison of current methods with the KT lifecycle to identify leverage points and improvement opportunities; and (e) actions to strengthen KT practices within the transportation life cycle and technical disciplines.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $400000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 23-30

  • 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:

    Jared, David

  • Start Date: 20220607
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01847464
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 23-30
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 27 2022 12:53PM