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South Dakota Department of Transportation
Project Synopsis
SD1996-01


Title: Research Performance Measures
Project Researcher: Dave Huft, SDDOT
Project Manager: Jana De Yong
Research Period: -
Status: Approved
Cost: $0.00

Problem Statement: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.

Findings:

Research Objectives:
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.

Research Tasks:
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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