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Methods to Ensure the Right People are Involved for Successful Research. GETTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT AND STAYING THERE. Sue Sillick Montana Department of Transportation July 28, 2010. RESEARCH PROGRAMS. Why is it critical to have the right people involved in research?.

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Getting off on the right foot and staying there

Methods to Ensure the Right People are Involved for Successful Research

GETTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT AND STAYING THERE

Sue Sillick

Montana Department of Transportation

July 28, 2010

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Why is it critical to have the right people involved in research?

The people involved in research can make or break a project.

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Who are the people involved in MDT research?

Research Review Committee (RRC)

Sponsor

Technical Panel (TP)

Champion

Research Staff

Field Research Coordinators (FRC)

Principal Investigator (PI)

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Research Review Committee

Composition (15)

Director

Deputy Director

Chief Officers (3)

Division Administrators (6)

One District Administrator

Research Program Manager (chair)

FHWA

WTI Research Director

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Research Review Committee

Role

Determines which research projects move forward to technical panels

Reviews technical panel recommendations for each project

Reviews and approves scopes of work

Approves funding for all research projects

Reviews implementation recommendations

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Sponsor

High level MDT staff person

Agrees the project is necessary

Willing to ensure results are implemented

Signs on to the project

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Technical Panel

Composition

Champion/Chair

Research Staff

FHWA

Western Transportation Institute

Others

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Technical Panel

Role

Critical for success

Oversees project from inception through implementation

Reviews Roles and Responsibilities document at first meeting

Determines if others should be on the panel

Keeps their stakeholders in the loop

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Technical Panel

Additional Role for Champion

Presents topic to RRC for approval

Identifies technical panel members

Chairs the technical panel

Presents all panel recommendations to RRC

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Technical Panel

Additional Role for Research Staff

Reviews panel member recommendations

Serves as the Research Project Manager

Liaison between panel and consultant

Bring new members up to speed

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Field Research Coordinator

Research liaison between HQ and Field

One per district (5 districts)

Assigned by each District Engineer

2-way communication

Research ideas, construction schedules, etc into HQ

Technology transfer out to districts

Formally meet once a year, continuous communication

Construction Reviewers participate

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Principal Investigator/Research Team

Key to project success

Methods to ensure right research team is selected for the job

Past performance feedback loop

Reference checks

Previous products

Proposal review

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Principal Investigator/Research Team

Methods to ensure research teams perform while on the job

Project kick-off meeting

Report writing requirements

Technical panel and research staff oversight

Constant communication and feedback

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Principal Investigator/Research Team

Evaluation methods

Project Exit Survey

Annual/Ongoing performance appraisals

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Every project is a potential for lessens learned.

With every lesson learned, we try to improve our process so the issue doesn’t happen again

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Questions?

[email protected]

mdt.mt.gov/research

Thank you

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