The National Academies

NCHRP 08-169 [Anticipated]

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Other Indicators to Improve Transportation Asset Management Impact and Outcomes

  Project Data
Source: AASHTO Committee on Performance Based Management
Funds: $500,000
Staff Responsibility: Jennifer L. Weeks
Fiscal Year: 2023

This project has been tentatively selected and a project statement (request for proposals) is expected to be available on this website. The problem statement below will be the starting point for a panel of experts to develop the project statement.

Investments in roadways historically have been focused on safety, mobility, and system preservation considerations. As the understanding of the impacts of roadway decisions mature, other factors such as socioeconomic impact, sustainability, accountability, transparency, integrity, and innovation are increasing in importance by state departments of transportation (DOTs). Recently, strategic initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are growing in importance and need to be considered in transportation investment planning. Advancing the understanding of DEI and other related indicators can help DOTs improve the impact of transportation asset management (TAM) investment decisions, especially to underserved communities.

The product or products of this research should provide transportation agencies with the information and resources needed to use DEI and other related indicators to balance competing, strategic objectives related to asset performance, safety, mobility, and DEI.

Tasks may include: (1) compile DEI and other related indicators for use in TAM decision-making; (2) identify institutional barriers and challenges in asset management and planning to support underserved communities; (3) develop a framework for applying DEI and other related indicators in TAM decision-making processes, including methods to forecast impact, means to develop and analyze alternatives with an equity lens, including investment tradeoff decisions; and community engagement supportive of DEI in transportation asset management; and (4) develop additional quantitative and qualitative performance measures for asset management and planning that consider DEI and other factors in transportation investment decisions.

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