Compendium of TPM Best Practices

Status: Concept    
Potential Funding Sources:    
Timeframe: Long-Term
Research Period: months
Funding Estimate: $225,000
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Transportation agencies are now required under Federal Authorization to measure and report performance in seven national goal areas. Highlighting best practices could help states move toward certain standards consistent with the intent of MAP-21. This research will compile best practices in all aspects of TPM.

Background

Transportation agencies are now required under Federal Authorization to measure and report performance in seven national goal areas.
Several agencies have reported performance for two decades or more.
Managing performance involves many staff and many steps:
o Defining goals and objectives
o Determine how to measure progress toward goals and objectives
o Gathering data
o Managing and analyzing data
o Setting targets
o Publishing quantitative analysis (e.g. graphs and charts)
o Publishing qualitative analysis or narrative around the results
o Monitoring trends
o Reassessing metrics and targets
o Modifying behavior to influence performance
No state agency excels in every aspect of Total Performance Management. Several state agencies excel in one or more areas.
Highlighting best practices could help states move toward certain standards consistent with the intent of MAP-21.

Research Objectives

• Determine the five to 10 key aspects of TPM.
• Demonstrate two to three best practices for each aspect.
• Demonstrate three to five best practices in all aspects of TPM, from beginning to end.

Proposed Research

1. Literature and Practice Review
- Catalogue of Candidate Practices
2. Framework for Assessing Target-Setting Practices
- Criteria for Evaluating Practices
- Standard Format for Presenting Successful Practices
3. Lessons-Learned from Review of Successful Practices
4. Guidance for DOTs on Communicating Performance Targets
Report and “Executive” Presentation Materials
5. Webinar to present research results
6. Final report

Potential Benefits

Potential benefits pending.

Implementation and Follow-on Activities

Implementation activities pending.

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