Technical Assistance: A Path to Better Interagency Cooperation

Technical assistance is an effective way for agencies to cooperate on infrastructure investments that involve transportation and land planning. This paper reports the results of a 16-month pilot program in Virginia where the local land development authority and the state department of transportation worked together to determine how land use affects transportation performance. The pilot program confirmed published lessons for interagency cooperation but led to four new guidelines: (a) imperfectly and iteratively define a problem rather than waiting for all information; (b) get feedback early; (c) maintain momentum by setting short goals sufficiently tangible that they may be accomplished yet adequately difficult that they mark progress; and (d) change the project goal if the change will better suit the needs of the recipient of the assistance. These guidelines can be useful in delivering a real project in situations where the challenge is to create something new and where inertia is a risk.

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  • Authors:
    • Miller, John S
    • Goswami, Arkopal K
  • Publication Date: 2007-4


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  • Accession Number: 01050231
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 30 2007 5:30PM