The best practices on this page are adapted from the 2020 report for NCHRP Project 20-44(21), which identified the top strategies that support implementation of transportation research based on a survey of state DOT research program managers and a review of peer exchange reports and other resources.
► See Funding Sources for more information.
► Resource: Technology Transfer example documents, Research Program and Project Management (RPPM) Database, AASHTO and TRB, 2021.
► Guide to Accelerating New Technology Adoption through Directed Technology Transfer, NCHRP Report 768, 2014.
Low-Cost, High-Impact Tactics
► Aim to “integrate implementation into everything.” Write implementation products into research contracts when possible.
► Include a demonstration or pilot in the research project contract. Use the pilot’s success to encourage broader implementation.
► Require researchers to prepare a webinar, conference poster and/or two-page brief as a final deliverable.
► Work with academic and industry stakeholders to develop demonstration projects after projects conclude.
► Schedule exit surveys near completion of a research project to learn about implementation potential and timing. Discuss and calculate benefit-cost potential of implementation.
► Highlight implementation opportunities through agencywide e-newsletters.
► Have staff who attend the TRB Annual Meeting report back on technology with promising potential for implementation.
► Explore alternative funding sources for implementation activities.
► For each project, establish a committee of subject matter experts from inside and outside the agency, including internal stakeholders impacted by the research, to oversee implementation of project findings.
► Create an implementation plan for each project and update it frequently. (Montana DOT's implementation planning and documentation form is updated throughout the project's life cycle; North Carolina DOT has an implementation plan for kickoff, intermediate and closeout meetings.)