2016 Vermont research peer exchange : summary report.
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2016 Vermont research peer exchange : summary report.

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      The 2016 VTrans Research Peer Exchange was held on February 10th and 11th, 2016 in Montpelier, VT. The panelists included representatives from the Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, and South Dakota DOTs, as well as from FHWA Vermont Division and the University of Vermont (UVM) Transportation Research Center (TRC). The Peer Exchange intended to inform the development of a Research Program Review and Strategic Plan for VTrans as it undergoes a significant turnover in staff. Specific objectives included: - Address Staffing and Resource Deployment: The Research Program will have a small staff for the foreseeable future. It must therefore explore ways to leverage that small staff using partnerships (e.g., with universities, other State agencies, other States), champions, and contributions from across VTrans; - Place the Program in Context: The Research Program conducts several types of research, including short-term “quick response” projects for in-house staff and longer-term research conducted in-house and through UVM, the New England Transportation Consortium (NETC), National Cooperate Highway Research Program (NCHRP), Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2), Transportation Research Board (TRB), and pooled fund studies with other states; - Describe the Program’s Relationship with Partners: The Research Program’s largest partner is UVM, which currently administrates approximately 40 percent of VTrans’ FHWA SP&R allotment; - Focus on Customers and Customer Service: The Research Program has primarily internal customers, but also serves other Vermont state agencies, UVM, and FHWA, among others. Identifying and communicating effectively with customers is critical for effective implementation.
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