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The National Academies

NCHRP 08-108 [Completed]

Developing National Performance Management Data Strategies to Address Data Gaps, Standards, and Quality

  Project Data
Funds: $300,000
Research Agency: Spy Pond Partners
Principal Investigator: Frances Harrison
Effective Date: 3/9/2017
Completion Date: 9/8/2018

BACKGROUND
 
Effective data utilization is increasingly important to all public and private organizations and institutions. It is critical that all organizations carefully consider how they specify, define, obtain, store, manage, analyze, use, share, present, and communicate data. Transportation agencies [e.g., state departments of transportation (DOT’s), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and local agencies] face numerous demands, opportunities, and challenges regarding data utilization:
 
OBJECTIVE
 
The objective of this research is to prepare guidance to improve data utilization in support of transportation performance management. The deliverable(s) from this research should be useful to practitioners and decision makers within transportation agencies. The final deliverable(s) of this research should:
  • Examine leading practices regarding data utilization to support transportation performance management including specifying, defining, obtaining, storing, managing, analyzing, using, sharing, presenting, and communicating data.
  • Identify contributing factors, both positive and negative, to the effective use of data to support transportation performance management. (These factors may be current, emerging, and projected.)
  • Present conclusions, cross-cutting themes, lessons, and strategies for overcoming shortcomings based on examples that will assist practitioners and decision makers to better utilize data to support transportation performance management.
  • Building on other completed research, prepare an approach to assist transportation agencies implement a self-assessment on data utilization by identifying the critical building blocks for transportation practitioners to improve their efforts to specify, define, obtain, store, manage, analyze, use, share, present, and communicate data to support transportation performance management.
STATUS: Research is completed and publication is pending. 
 
 

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