NCHRP Project 20-117: "Deploying Transportation Resilience Practices in State DOTs" resulted in the development of NCHRP Research Report 970: Mainstreaming System Resilience Concepts into Transportation Agencies: A Guide, that provides transportation officials with a self-assessment tool to assess the current status of an agency’s efforts to improve the resilience of the transportation system through the mainstreaming of resilience concepts into agency decision-making and procedures. The tool can be applied to a broad array of natural and human-caused threats to transportation systems and services.
NCHRP Project 20-44(41) will provide support to train select DOT staff on how to use the guide, and will do so by conducting four pilot workshops. The workshop would cover the basic concepts underlying the guidebook and will allow different DOT staff to use the program to assess their current resilience status and to identify DOT strategies. At the end of the first part of the workshop, the participants as a group will be asked to assess the usefulness and value of the tool. At the end of the workshop, a meeting will be held with the top executives of the agency to go over the strategies that were identified by their staff. The result would be recommended state DOT-wide resilience enhancement program. An implementation document describing the experiences of the four pilot studies will also be developed. This document would be formatted to be easily understood, highlighting the benefits of using of the guidebook. The benefits as described by the pilot state DOTs would be highlighted, and presentations would be made to the AASHTO CTSSR and others as directed by the project panel.
The proposed activities will facilitate research implementation in several ways. First, it will make the guidebook more easily used and comprehensible to DOT staff. Second, it will show how the guidebook can be used in a real DOT environment and the benefits of doing so. Third, the final document will be used to market the guidebook and related materials to other DOTs and transportation agencies in other levels of government.