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Soliciting High Value Research Problem Statements Tri-State Research Peer Exchange Vermont - New Hampshire Soliciting High Value Research Problem Statements Tri-State Research Peer Exchange Vermont - New Hampshire - Maine October 26 -28, 2010 Tri-State Research Peer Exchange

Tri-State Peer Exchange Team Members • • Jennifer Fitch, VT Glenn Roberts, NH Dale Tri-State Peer Exchange Team Members • • Jennifer Fitch, VT Glenn Roberts, NH Dale Peabody, ME Leni Oman, WA Mike Sanders, SC Chris Hedges, TRB Dick Mc. Reynolds, KS (retired) Tri-State Research Peer Exchange

Peer Exchange Focus Area #1: Successful Practices for Soliciting/Identifying High-Value Research Problem Statements • Peer Exchange Focus Area #1: Successful Practices for Soliciting/Identifying High-Value Research Problem Statements • How do you solicit ideas? • Who is asked for ideas? • What forms/templates are used? • How/when is Executive staff involved? • How are research problem statements prioritized? • What level of detail is required during the initial solicitation phase? • What roles and approvals need to be identified before a problem statement is considered (i. e. Sponsor, Champion, etc. ) Tri-State Research Peer Exchange

What Did We Learn? Exploit Existing Forums Take advantage of existing agency initiatives and What Did We Learn? Exploit Existing Forums Take advantage of existing agency initiatives and collaborations to build awareness of high-value needs & opportunities in various disciplines – Tri-State groups meet regularly in disciplines such as Traffic, Maintenance, Project Development, etc. to discuss common problems and solutions • Add research needs as a regular agenda item – Seek out other high-profile task forces/committees • Forward related research, offer assistance (e. g. synthesis) Tri-State Research Peer Exchange

What Did We Learn? Be Conversant in Agency Needs Research staff need to be What Did We Learn? Be Conversant in Agency Needs Research staff need to be aware of the key issues and challenges facing the Department – Be cognizant of the agency strategic plan and goals – and how research can help – Build relationships and regularly communicate with key contacts in other divisions – Use hallway conversations, research focus-groups, and TRB State visits to listen and seed suggestions or share results Tri-State Research Peer Exchange

What Did We Learn? Need for Connection • Continually engage top management in the What Did We Learn? Need for Connection • Continually engage top management in the research process to clarify priorities – More challenging, but perhaps more critical, if Research office is layers-removed from executive staff. – Especially important if strategic goals of the agency are not formalized or well-defined – Amplifies the need to regularly publicize research successes • Maintain research on the radar of Executive staff Tri-State Research Peer Exchange

What Did We Learn? Follow Up and Follow Through • Effectively communicate a fair What Did We Learn? Follow Up and Follow Through • Effectively communicate a fair and open solicitation process – Provide timely feedback regarding programmatic and project-level decisions • Stakeholders need to understand the reasons their ideas are not selected – problem statement deficient or does need not reflect top priorities of agency? • Don’t make promises you can’t deliver – Know the limits of your financial, organizational, and human resources Tri-State Research Peer Exchange

What Did We Learn? Create Short Term Wins • Build trust and buy-in through What Did We Learn? Create Short Term Wins • Build trust and buy-in through meaningful quick-hits – Literature searches, library research, syntheses – Strengthens the tie between Research and key decision-makers • Keep agency staff informed of national programs, panel opportunities, research conducted by others – including how your agency fared and why Tri-State Research Peer Exchange

What Did We Learn? Reach Out Help managers see the opportunity in research – What Did We Learn? Reach Out Help managers see the opportunity in research – Reach out to less traditional sources of research needs – i. e. all functional areas of agency • Budget and Programming, Legislative liaisons, Human Resources, AGC*, universities* * In collaboration with agency staff Tri-State Research Peer Exchange

What Did We Learn? It Takes an Agency…. • Bottom-up and top-down research needs What Did We Learn? It Takes an Agency…. • Bottom-up and top-down research needs must be addressed for a robust program to exist • Idea-generating workshops and mini-RACs (by major discipline) can be effective, particularly for large research programs • Forms should be simple to use, but convey pertinent information related to agency strategic goals Tri-State Research Peer Exchange

What Did We Learn? Provide Research Resources • Promote external research programs (regional, NCHRP, What Did We Learn? Provide Research Resources • Promote external research programs (regional, NCHRP, TPF) and assist agency stakeholders in submitting effective problem statements • Monitor TRB research needs statements (RNS) • Continue to learn successful practices from other states, TRB and FHWA Tri-State Research Peer Exchange