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FHWA-NHI-138011: The Role of Data in Transportation Performance Management

'The Role of Data in Transportation PerformanceManagement' is a two-day instructor-led training course offered by NHI. Its goal is to enable participants to manage, analyze, integrate, and use data from diverse sources to support an effective agency TPM function.

Federal legislation consolidates funding programs and establishes new requirements for reporting and use of performance measures and targets. While many States already have performance management programs in place, Federal legislation elevates the importance and use of data within the resource allocation process. The legislation provides new flexibility for resource allocation decision making, using data about existing conditions, as well as data-driven estimates of what improvements can be achieved by different investment levels.

As transportation management agencies are preparing for federally legislated performance management requirements, many want to improve their data programs to support desired results. This course will help agencies improve management and use of data to meet the TPM requirements of 23 CFR 490 and the related Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).

The course will begin with an overview of data management. It then details each part of the data supply chain--covering common needs, considerations, and challenges along the way. During the second day, the sessions will cover issues related to data assessment and data improvement planning. The course material is synthesized at the end of the course, through the creation of a data management and improvement plan.

This training can provide a useful starting point for agencies that wish to undertake improvements at all stages of the data life cycle.

Objectives / Topics

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the purpose and benefits of accurate and current relevant data in TPM activities
  • Describe TPM data analysis needs for system performance areas
  • Explain the elements of TPM and related business practices and the data that supports them
  • List data requirements related to use of performance projections for target setting
  • Identify common data quality issues and techniques for addressing them
  • Identify existing gaps in data quality, availability, linkage, and analysis tools that impact the ability to meet federally legislated requirements, as well as support broader agency performance management processes
  • Develop a data management and improvement plan
Target Audience

The primary target audience for this instructor-led training course includes staff at FHWA, State DOTs, MPOs, and national organizations, such as Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials(AASHTO) who would benefit from an overview of data management in the context of TPM applications and an appreciation for some basic data management concepts (e.g., different dimensions of data quality, fundamentals of data quality management, etc.).

The course is appropriate for mid-level managers with TPM-related responsibilities wanting a better appreciation for data management requirements and techniques; pavement, bridge, safety, road inventory, traffic data managers, and analysts wanting a better understanding of TPM and how they can best support it; information technology staff that build reports or develop applications that support TPM business needs wanting to have a better understanding of the business context for their work; and senior agency managers who have a strong interest in improving data at their organizations.

The course will be of interest to entry-level data managers and analysts who will be supporting agency TPM practices. It should be noted that this is an overview course, so it is not intended for seasoned transportation data professionals or those seeking an in-depth coverage of data needs and uses within any single performance area, or technical skill development in database design, query methods, data integration, or data analysis.

It is recommended that participants have a working understanding of TPM concepts and terminology or, prior to taking the course, take 138004 Transportation Performance Management Overview for the MAP-21 and FAST Acts instructor-led training (ILT). This course provides an overview of MAP-21/FAST performance management material, including measures and data requirements; however, the material is generally applicable for improving management of data to support performance management practice (beyond meeting Federal requirements).



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