innovation lab


Over the past year, a research team and panel sponsored by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) examined the components necessary to build and sustain a culture of innovation in the context of department's of transportation. The initial result of that research is this draft guidance document: NCHRP 20-108 - Guide to Sustaining a Culture of Innovation in Departments of Transportation

The guidebook features a set of practical tactics that encourage department of transportation employees to remain inspired an empowered to innovate. Included in the document is a self-assessment to provide assistance in determining where you agency falls in the continuum of innovation efforts, a getting started guide to help jump start your efforts, and an examination of the five building blocks of building and sustaining a culture of innovation. 


The Research Oversight Panel:

Panel Affiliation
Ms. Charlene R. McArthur Idaho Transportation Department
Ms. Coco Briseno Caltrans
Ms. Rachel L. Bain Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Dr. Ghada M. Gad California State Polytechnic University
Ms. Virginia Mabry North Carolina DOT
Mr. Jason J. Siwula, P.E. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Mr. Llans E. Taylor, P.E. Missouri Department of Transportation
Mr. Jerome T. Younger Kansas Department of Transportation
 Mr. David Kuehn  Federal Highway Administration
NCHRP Staff:
Andrew Lemer, Ph.D.  Transportation Research Board

The Research Team:

Julie Lorenz, Burns & McDonnell-Principal Investigator 

Joe Crossett, High Street  Consulting Group-Innovation Research

Danny Rotert, Burns & McDonnell-Website & App

Amy Link, Burns & McDonnell-Writing & Research

Melynda Benlemlih, C2 Technologies-Project Validation