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NCHRP peer exchange 2008.

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    Peer exchanges for state department of transportation (DOT) research programs originated with

    the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA). That federal legislation

    required the states to conduct periodic peer exchanges to foster excellence in research program

    management. State DOTs have found the peer exchange to be an excellent forum for the open

    exchange of ideas, knowledge, and brainstorming. Many states have now conducted two or three

    peer exchanges, and the value and benefits of the program have been significant.

    The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) of the Transportation Research

    Board (TRB) is not required to conduct a peer exchange, but NCHRP management recognize the

    peer exchange format as an excellent tool to explore new ways of improving the efficiency and

    effectiveness of the program.

    The first NCHRP peer exchange, held in March 2002, was a general review of the full research

    program. This report documents the results of NCHRP’s second peer exchange, held September

    23-25, 2008 (refer to Appendix A for details of the agenda). The 2008 event focused on four

    specific themes:

    1. Doing the Right Research

    2. Dissemination and Implementation

    3. Keeping on Track

    4. Workforce Development

    In preparation for the peer exchange, team members (refer to Appendix B for contact

    information for the participants) were sent a discussion paper on each of the four theme areas for

    review. (These discussion papers constitute Appendix C). The report includes general

    observations of the peer exchange team, as well as specific items for consideration by the


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