innovation lab


More than 300 transportation professionals have identified what they believe are the essential elements of a culture of innovation and the barriers that make it difficult to create one.   What do you think?  

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From July 28 to August 26, 2016, more than 300 transportation professionals responded to an electronic survey about innovation culture.  Respondents ranged in age from 28 to 62, were geographically diverse, and represented a variety of disciplines and levels of authority in their respective agencies.   Here are some of the highlights of that survey:

  • Employees need more time to devote to innovative pursuits.

  • Employees need to feel that failure will be tolerated and that leadership will be supportive of them trying new approaches.

  • Organizations can influence innovation by rewarding employees and implementing an agency-wide initiative to highlight its importance.

  • More than 60 percent of respondents indicated that they did not have any metrics in place to track innovation.

  • Highway construction, traffic operations, research and highway maintenance received the highest marks (2.30 or above weighted average out of 4) for being innovative among respondents.

Note: survey links will be distributed to gather feedback on innovation topics as additional research is conducted.