Every three years, all state DOT's are required by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to conduct a peer exchange of their respective Research, Development, and Technology Transfer management process. Participation in periodic peer exchanges not only makes each state eligible for Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) State Planning and Research (SPR) funds, but also affords each state a tremendous opportunity to share information and improve its research program.
Peer exchanges are not compliance reviews; they are exchanges of information between the host and visitors. The host facilitates, and chooses the topic(s) and format of each peer exchange. All participants benefit in an atmosphere of open exchange of ideas, knowledge, and brainstorming.
A report on each peer exchange is typically written prior to the close-out conference held with upper management. The report is a team effort, involving all visitors and the host state Research Program Manager. In the reports, each peer exchange team member identifies the ideas, methods, and concepts that the team member plans to consider implementing in their own organization.
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