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Research Implementation Toolbox: National Guidance

National Guidance and Publications

NCHRP Project 20-44(21): Synthesis of State Peer Exchanges and RPPM, National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), November 2020.

Best practices for implementing transportation research were assessed through a survey of state DOT research program managers, a review of more than 30 peer exchange reports, and an examination of states' implementation plans, manuals, forms and other materials. The guide includes low-cost, easy-to-implement strategies as well as advanced recommendations to help take programs to the next level.

► Eight-page overview: State DOT Research Implementation Strategies: Best Practices


Outcomes: Implementation, Research Program and Project Management for Transportation (RPPM), AASHTO Special Committee on Research and Innovation and TRB Research Innovation Implementation Management Committee (RIIM).

Database of documents related to transportation research implementation.


Active Implementation at the National Cooperative Highway Research Program: Frameworks for Moving Research into Practice, TR News, July/August 2017.

Article describing NCHRP's systematic “active implementation” approach, which builds on a solid implementation infrastructure, dedicated funding and expertise, and implementation teams. 

► Learn more: NCHRP Active Implementation: Moving Research into Practice, presentation, undated.

► Related resource: NCHRP Implementation Support Program


NCHRP Synthesis 461: Accelerating Implementation of Transportation Research Results, 2014.

This synthesis examines research implementation practices used by public-sector non-transportation agencies, nonprofits and academia, with an emphasis on practices that transportation agencies can use.


Transportation Research Implementation: Application of Research Outcomes, Summary of the Second EU-U.S. Transportation Research Symposium, TRB Conference Proceedings 51, 2015.

Quick Reads

Summary publications that provide a quick overview of key concepts.


State DOT Research Implementation Strategies: Best Practices, NCHRP, July 2020.

An eight-page synthesis of implementation best practices identified by state DOTs.


Active Implementation at the National Cooperative Highway Research Program: Frameworks for Moving Research into Practice, TR News, July/August 2017.

An eight-page article outlining NCHRP's systematic approach to implementation.