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Peer Review Process Guide: How to Get the Most Out of Your TMIP Peer Review

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Original: October 30, 2009
Final: November 18, 2009

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John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
Research and Innovative Technology Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation

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  1. Report No.: FHWA-HEP-10-013
  2. Government Accession No.
  3. Recipient's Catalog No.
  4. Title and Subtitle: TMIP Peer Review Process Guide How to Get the Most Out of Your Peer Review
  5. Report Date: November 2009
  6. Performing Organization Code: HW1W
  7. Author(s): Ann Steffes, Terry Regan*, Susan Smichenko, Anna Biton
  8. Performing Organization Report No.:
  9. Performing Organization Name and Address:
    U.S. Department of Transportation
    Research and Innovative Technologies Administration
    John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
    Cambridge, MA 02142
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  12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address:
    U.S. DOT/FHWA's Office of Planning, Environment and Realty
    1200 New Jersey Ave SE
    Washington, DC 20590
  13. Type of Report and Period Covered: Final report: November 2009
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  15. Supplementary Notes
    *MacroSys, Inc.
    55 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA 02142-1093
  16. Abstract: A peer review is an excellent way for an agency to get feedback on its current travel model and to receive recommendations on how to proceed with model improvements. However, as anyone who has hosted a peer review knows, it is not a minor undertaking. The decisions and tasks involved in a peer review require careful consideration and a commitment to spending the resources necessary to conduct the best possible peer review. To help agencies make decisions when considering, planning, conducting, or following up on a peer review, the FHWA Travel Model Improvement Program engaged the U.S. DOT Volpe Center to develop the Peer Review Process Guide: How to Get the Most out of Your Peer Review. This guide, developed in consultation with several travel modeling experts, contains practical "how to" information for agencies considering or planning a peer review. The Guide describes the necessary steps and decisions in the peer review process and offers instructions and advice on how to complete each step. Modelers, planners, and managers in agencies that are considering travel model improvements will find this Guide a tremendous help as they make their way through the peer review process, from considering whether to have a peer review to evaluating progress on implementing recommendations.
  17. Key Words: Travel model, Travel Model Improvement Plan, peer review, handbook
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  20. Security Classif. (of this page): Unclassified
  21. No. of Pages: 39
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Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Federal Transit Administration
Institute of Transportation Engineers
Metropolitan Planning Organization
National Highway Institute
Travel Model Improvement Program
Transportation Research Board
Unified Planning Work Program
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The Travel Model Improvement Program would like to thank the members of the Guide Review Group who dedicated their time and expertise to this guide: Paul Agnello, Ken Cervenka, Phil Mescher, Maren Outwater, Eric Pihl, Guy Rousseau, Erik Sabina, and Kermit Wies.


The purpose of the Travel Model Improvement Program (TMIP) is to advance the state of the practice of travel modeling.  The program's goals are to:

TMIP provides services to support planning agencies that have Federal responsibility to build and maintain travel models, typically state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations.  One of these services is the Peer Review Program.

TMIP's Peer Review Program gives transportation planning agencies the opportunity to have their model reviewed by modeling experts from around the country.  These experts make recommendations on how to proceed with model enhancements to ensure that the techniques being developed or implemented meet the current and future needs of the agency.

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