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In 2017-2018, leaders from regional planning agencies in Massachusetts — along with transportation, civic and business leaders from across the state — are participating in a new training academy focused on performance measures. 

Performance measurement is the practice of more carefully measuring and quantifying the multiple benefits of transportation spending decisions to ensure that every dollar is aligned with the public’s goals and brings the greatest return possible for residents.

The Massachusetts Transportation Leadership Academy will educate teams made up of local business, civic, elected leaders, and transportation professionals, prepare them to act on opportunities within their regions, and plug them into a dynamic national network of leaders throughout the country.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity in partnership with Transportation for America and the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies, with support from the Barr Foundation.

The academy consists of in-person workshops, ongoing technical assistance throughout the year, regular online training sessions, and expert analysis of their plans and progress on deploying performance measures. During the academy participants will:

  • Develop performance measures that fit and match their agency’s size and capabilities.
  • Discover how performance measures can be applied at different stages of the planning, project development, or construction process.
  • Explores how RPAs promote future-ready transportation, and interact with federal and state agencies and transit operators to define their critical role in shaping local transportation decisions.
  • Design metrics for community goals that address topics such as health, access, and equity.
  • Improve their public engagement process and how to talk to skeptics about performance measures.
  • Discover ways in which social equity and access to opportunity can be incorporated into their work.
  • Focus on greenhouse gas emissions and the environment.

The Academy will be hosted at Clark University in Worcester. In-person workshops are planned for...

  • October 10, 2017: 11AM - 3PM
  • November 14, 2017: 10:30AM - 5PM
  • December 12, 2017: 10:30AM - 5PM
  • February 13, 2018: 10:30AM - 5PM
  • March 13, 2018: 10:30AM - 5PM

Supplementary webinars will be scheduled; dates TBA.


Session 1: October 10, 2017

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Instructors:

  • Beth Osborne, Transportation for America (T4America)
  • Harlan Miller, Federal Highway Administration

Workshop Learning Objectives:

T4America will work with Massachusetts’s leaders to develop a shared understanding on:

  • How the transportation program evolved through the use of performance measures
  • What this means at the RPA level and how it can influence project selection, the planning process, and define successful outcomes
  • Get an overview of the requirements in MAP-21 and the FAST Act, and an update on the US DOT rule-making process, including proposed and final rules
  • Review requirements regarding both highways and transit.

Workshop Agenda

11:00 AM Transportation Leadership Academy Welcome and Introductions; review of participants transportation experience and challenges. Speaker: Beth Osborne, T4America 

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Why use Performance Measures? A History of the Transportation Program - Discover how the transportation program evolved through the use of performance measures. Learn what this means at the RPA level and how it can influence project selection, the planning process, and define successful outcomes. Speaker: Beth Osborne, Transportation for America

2:00 PM Background: Understanding Federal Requirements & Rules. This session will include an overview of the requirements in MAP-21 and the FAST Act, and an update on the US DOT rule-making process, including proposed and final rules. The group will review requirements regarding both highways and transit. Speaker: Harlan Miller, FHWA

3:00 PM conclusion


Session 1 Recap Webinar

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Session 2: November 14, 2017

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Instructors:

  • Beth Osborne, Transportation for America
  • Eric Sundquist, State Smart Transportation Initiative
  • Dan Marckel, Metropolitan Council, Twin Cities, MN
  • Rafael Mares, Conservation Law Foundation

Workshop Learning Objectives:

Transportation for America will work with Massachusetts leaders to develop a shared understanding on:

  • How to review projects and understand if your investments will pay for themselves,
  • Identify tools for evaluating the economic benefits from transportation projects,
  • Discuss how to develop performance measures to address topics such as health, access, and equity
  • Learn ways in which social equity and access to opportunity may be incorporated into your work,
  • Discover how the Metropolitan Council incorporated equity into transportation planning,
  • Understand ways that environmental goals can be incorporated into performance measures and
  • Learn about the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act.

Workshop Agenda

11:00 AM Measuring the Economic Impact of Transportation Investments Undergo a review of the suggested economic measures. Learn how to review projects and understand if your investments will pay for themselves. Identify tools for evaluating the economic benefits from transportation projects. Speaker: Beth Osborne, Transportation for America 

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Beyond MAP-21: Measures that Focus on Your Community Designing metrics for community goals. View examples from around the country and discuss how to develop performance measures to address topics such as health, access, and equity. This session will also cover the FAST Act. Speaker: Eric Sundquist, State Smart Transportation Initiative

2:00 PM Social Equity & Access to Opportunity What does social equity and access to opportunity mean? Discover ways in which social equity and access to opportunity may be incorporated into your work. Learn how Metropolitan Council incorporated equity into transportation planning. Speaker: Dan Marckel, Metropolitan Council, Twin Cities, MN

3:00 PM Greenhouse Gas Emissions What are ways that environmental goals can be incorporated into performance measures? This session will also cover the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act.  Speaker: Rafael Mares, Conservation Law Foundation.

4:00 PM Moving Forward: Part I – Team Exercise Participate in a group activity, setting the stage for action plan development. Speakers: Transportation for America Staff

5:00 PM Conclusion


Session 3: December 12, 2017

Workshop Learning Objectives:

T4America will work with Massachusetts’s leaders to develop a shared understanding on:

  • Performance measures and implementation in Massachusetts, and the agencies that are driving statewide change,
  • Learn from the Virginia DOT experience. Discuss their process and lessons learned,
  • Help define a successful future for your region in a way that is relevant to stakeholders and identify your region's goals, values, and desired outcomes, discussing how transportation policies and investments will help you get there.

Workshop Agenda (subject to change)

11:00 AM Transportation in the Commonwealth Welcome and an introduction to Transportation in the Commonwealth. This includes an overview to performance measures and implementation in Massachusetts, and the agencies that are driving statewide change.

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM PSC (Project Selection Criteria) and CIP (Capital Investment Plan): How Does that Work for Implementation?

2:00 PM Case Study: The Virginia Story Learn from the Virginia DOT experience. Discuss their process and lessons learned. Through the story of the case study, participants will ground the idea of performance measures into a tangible example.

3:30 PM Visioning Exercise This session will help define a successful future for your region in a way that is relevant to stakeholders. We will work on identifying your region's goals, values, and desired outcomes, discussing how transportation policies and investments will help you get there. 

5:00 PM Conclusion


Session 4: February 13, 2018

Workshop Learning Objectives:

T4America will work with Massachusetts’s leaders to develop a shared understanding on:

  • Performance measures that fit and match your agency's size and capabilities
  • Discover how performance measures can be applied at different stages of the planning, project development, or construction process,
  • Learn the difference between dashboards, report cards, and project selection measure,
  • Understand performance measurement logic models (inputs, outputs, and outcomes), and what collaboration and coordination is needed to ensure your performance measures are successful.
  • Evaluate the success and pitfalls in implementing this process and how to do and how to see performance measures to squeeze greater value out of each investment
  • Learn from MTC’s experience using cost-benefit-analysis and their qualitative approach to performance measures 
  • Begin to develop an action plan.

Workshop Agenda  (subject to change)

11:00 AM Designing Metrics & Different Ways to Apply Performance Measures Develop performance measures that fit and match your agency's size and capabilities. Discover how performance measures can be applied at different stages of the planning, project development, or construction process. This session will cover the difference between dashboards, report cards, and project selection measures. Participants will leave this session with an understanding of performance measurement logic models (inputs, outputs, and outcomes), and what collaboration and coordination is needed to ensure your performance measures are successful. This includes MAP-21 and FAST Act requirements on the relationship between RPAs, states, and transit operators in the development of performance measures.

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Sample Measurement Exercise Work in a group activity to discuss sample measurements and apply them to projects. Discuss what you are doing in your region currently

2:00 PM Linking to Outcomes & Prioritizing Projects to Get the Most Utility from Each Dollar Strengthening the link between performance measures and outcomes, evaluate the success and pitfalls in implementing this process and how to see performance measures to squeeze greater value out of each investment. Discover the best practices for implementing successful performance measures.

3:00 PM San Francisco Bay Area: Cost-Benefit Analysis Case Study Learn from MTC’s experience using cost-benefit-analysis and their qualitative approach to performance measures.

4:00 PM Moving Forward: Part II, Action Plan Development Working session for teams to develop action plans. Speakers: Transportation for America Staff

5:00 PM Conclusion


Session 5: March 13, 2018

Workshop Learning Objectives:

T4America will work with Massachusetts’s leaders to develop a shared understanding on:

  • how RPAs promote future-ready transportation, how they interact with federal and state agencies and transit operators, and their critical role in shaping local transportation decisions
  • cover the public transit and passenger rail issues across the Commonwealth, considering a new rail vision planning process and regional transit service assessments and 
  • learn about the transportation and mobility issues facing rural regions in Massachusetts, and a review of opportunities for improved service.

Workshop Agenda  (subject to change)

11:00 AM The Evolving Transportation Landscape & Tomorrow’s RPA The RPA is pivotal to managing change at the federal, state, and community level. This session explores how RPAs promote future-ready transportation, how they interact with federal and state agencies and transit operators, and their critical role in shaping local transportation decisions.

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Transit: Public & Passenger Rail This session will cover the public transit and passenger rail issues across the Commonwealth, considering a new rail vision planning process and regional transit service assessments.

2:00 PM Rural Transit A session on the transportation and mobility issues facing rural regions in Massachusetts, and a review of opportunities for improved service. 

3:00 PM Moving Forward: Technical Assistance, Support, & Action Plans Review all the types of technical assistance, resources, and support available.

4:00 PM Concluding Session: Reflections & Next Steps Group discussion on the workshop, reflections, and identification of tools coming out of the workshop and action items for each team's next steps. Participants turn in their completed workshop survey as they are departing.

5:00 PM Conclusion


Webinar 1: How to Create a Message That Resonates (date TBA)

  • How to frame your discussion of performance measures for success. Improving public engagement and how to talk to skeptics about performance measures

Webinar 2: Nashville: A Case Study on Integrating Health into Project Selection (date TBA)

  • Learn how Nashville addresses health, active transportation, and resiliency. Discover how Nashville incorporates these topics into project selection and their decision-making framework. 

Workshop and webinar details subject to change.


 For questions, contact Josh Ostroff, Partnerships Director at T4MA.

 


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