Evaluating Implementation of NCHRP Products: Building on Successful Practices
The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) is the states? research program?funded by State Planning and Research funds and driven by their needs. Each year the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Research selects 40 to 50 new projects that reflect the changing priorities and challenges of states as they plan, design, construct,
operate, or maintain the nation?s highway infrastructure. The program produces more than 60 products annually that are intended to help states improve the way they do business.
NCHRP surveys its project panelists and principal investigators on a four-year cycle to learn about project outcomes, successes, and challenges. The most recent survey, conducted in 2012 for projects completed between June 2004 and June 2009, revealed that NCHRP products are being used extensively. The results are being incorporated into state practices, support the development of AASHTO standards, and are being used as the basis for state-specific follow-up research.
However, NCHRP is committed to continuous process review and improvement. To identify ways to further facilitate the application of its products, NCHRP initiated this project with the following objectives:
? Identify the people, processes, and practices that have supported successful, effective, and efficient application of research results.
? Analyze the factors that promote?or prevent?NCHRP product implementation.
? Develop criteria to guide future activities that support implementation.
? Recommend process improvements by NCHRP and others to meet the criteria and overcome obstacles.