Maine DOT Peer Exchange, October 2003

On October 15 – 17, 2003 the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) Research Program held a peer exchange. The purpose of this exchange was to gain knowledge of the activities that the research program is doing well and to identify opportunities for the research program. A theme or focus area for this exchange was to follow National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 280, Seven Keys to Building a Robust Research Program. These keys are: (1) Found it on trust – Ensure a trusting relationship between research unit and department; (2) Market Boldly – Marketing needs to be an essential part of the research process; (3) Root it in Economics – There needs to be an economic rationale for the programs and projects and their justification; (4) Make Deals Unabashedly – Programs can be enhanced by establishing relationships with other research entities; (5) Insist on Accountability – Have top managers set the strategic direction for research to ensure alignment with department goals; (6) Embrace Policy Research – This type of research ensures communications between top management and research unit; and (7) Empower the Staff – Provides a climate for successful delivery of research projects.


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  • Created Date: Sep 13 2013 4:12PM