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Research Will Enhance Transportation Technology Transfer

Posted: Jun 1, 2022

Researchers at Colorado State University used responses to written and oral interviews and questionnaires administered to bridge personnel in state DOTs to identify the reasons behind the gap between researchers and practitioners. The effort helped provide insights about how to facilitate research implementation and change in state DOTs and other transportation or government organizations. They learned that collaboration between practitioners and researchers can help improve research products. Also, to facilitate change in transportation organizations, they suggested that change leaders should focus on showing the need for change, gaining support from the FHWA, allocating the required resources, and enhancing the capacity of DOT staff members through training and effective communication. This work provides DOTs and researchers with practical and theoretical solutions to help accelerate change and research transfer.

Mehmet Ozbek, Ph.D.
Colorado State University

Rebecca Atadero, Ph.D.
Colorado State University

Transferring Research Innovations in Bridge Inspection Planning to Bridge Inspection Practice

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