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South Dakota Department of Transportation
Research Performance Measures
Dave Huft, SDDOT
Jana De Yong
The value and effectiveness of research activities are difficult to determine. Costs of research projects can be tracked whether under or over budget and implementation of research results is a measure of the value of the research. However, a more precise measure of post-research value is hard to quantify in dollars because some of the value may be intangible, indirect or implied. Without some prior estimates of cost-effectiveness or value, the Office of Research is less able to decide what level of resources to devote to a specific project or to a general program. Research is needed to develop measures of research effectiveness and efficiency.
1 To recommend measures to characterize research projects and evaluate their effectiveness and efficiency.
2 To recommend measures to characterize SDDOT's research program and evaluate its effectiveness and efficiency.
3 To recommend methods to evaluate acceptance and use of research by customers.
4 To demonstrate recommended measures on two case studies.
1 Define Department managers interests and needs for performance measures by reviewing literature and interviewing Department management.
2 Identify potential performance measures by conducting a literature review.
3 Evaluate applicability of potential measures for use in SDDOT.
4 Propose a list of performance measures appropriate to SDDOT.
5 Propose procedures for using the performance measures in SDDOT research program.
6 Apply procedures on two different previously completed research projects.
7 Prepare a final report and executive summary of the literature review, research methodology, findings conclusions, and recommendations.
8 Make an executive presentation to the SDDOT Research Review Board at conclusion of the project.
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