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NCHRP 25-25/Task 69 [Completed]

Identification of Tools and Techniques to Define Community Context as Part of the Transportation Project Planning and Development Process
[ NCHRP 25-25 (Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on the Environment) ]

  Project Data
Funds: 75000
Research Agency: Louis Berger Group
Principal Investigator: Leigh Blackmon Lane
Effective Date: 6/1/2010
Completion Date: 8/30/2011
Comments: Final Report submitted to AASHTO SCOE

Transportation professionals need tools to collect and organize community data, including physical features of the natural and human environment as well as information on how communities value these features. Context tools can help practitioners think holistically, critically, and systematically about community context. With this in mind, the primary objective of this project was to provide an inventory of community context tools to transportation practitioners desiring to understand and incorporate community context variables into planning and project development processes.

This project included these four major tasks:
  • Solicitation of tools to help define community context
  • Collection of the tools submitted into a database
  • Review and synthesis of tools by focus group
  • Organization of tools by attributes of interest to practitioners and fact sheets presenting tools in an electronic searchable database
The project final report is posted at http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/nchrp/docs/NCHRP25-25%2869%29_FR.pdf
 As a result of the project, forty-one tools were collected and organized into an online database of resources that can be searched by attribute filters. This database is available at http://www.cte.ncsu.edu/CommunityContext/tools-search.asp

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