Evaluation of WYDOT's Research Center and Program: FHWA-WY-08/04F
This study examined multiple aspects of the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Research Program. It provides numerous observations of the overall program and the research investment portfolio as well as guidance for developing a strategic research agenda.
The study provides insight into various categories of research projects by analyzing data across all projects and detailed case studies for a select group of projects.
This provided valuable lessons learned and recommendations for managing the Research program in the future. The study provides a process for developing an agenda and working with programs to solicit research opportunities to execute the research agenda. The study defines performance measures for improving program effectiveness.
Ten performance measures were selected by WYDOT, which in aggregate, comprise the proposed balanced scorecard for the Research program. These measures link research to the strategic plan through a research agenda and focus on outcomes (effectiveness) while also addressing process (efficiency). The measures provide WYDOT with a framework for continuous improvement.