Multiyear plans, or roadmaps, are used to define research and technology (R&T) agendas. Roadmaps often are comprised of both text and a series of integrated graphics that illustrate key strategies and milestones against a timeline. Roadmaps effectively translate abstract needs and concepts into concrete strategies that specify stakeholder interests and the resources necessary to make progress in a timely fashion. The typical Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) research and technology (R&T) roadmap includes the following elements:
Roadmaps are useful for identifying specific barriers likely to be encountered during the various phases of the R&T development life cycle. Decisionmakers using the roadmaps are more likely to be in a position to anticipate the types of workaround strategies that may be needed to achieve agreed-upon goals and objectives within budget and on time.
In 2003, FHWA leadership accepted the challenge to "raise the bar" on R&T and adopted a strategic management framework developed with input from stakeholders. See Corporate Master Plan (CMP) for Research and Deployment of Technology & Innovation (FHWA-RD-03-077)
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