Monitoring the Performance of the Washington State Transportation Policy Plan

The purpose of this study is to develop a performance monitoring system for tracking the implementation of the Washington State Transportation Policy Plan. Performance monitoring is the periodic measurement of progress towards goals and objectives. A performance monitoring system uses information and action to provide a dynamic view of a program's progress. Background on the use of the performance monitoring was obtained from a literature review and a survey of other state agencies. The development of indicators to track progress towards the goals in the plan was based upon interviews with key individuals involved in the creation of the goal statements. The report identifies data sources for indicators for which existing data are available and makes recommendations for filling gaps. Major findings:

  • Performance monitoring can be useful for tracking progress towards goals.
  • Other states have little experience monitoring transportation policy.
  • Where possible, conventional indicators are recommended to track progress towards goals. In other cases less conventional indicators are required to accurately track progress towards goals.
  • Existing data can be utilized, thus avoiding the need for primary data collection. This was possible for about half of the indicators. For the remaining indicators, gaps in data can be filled with local government data and primary collection data.
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 1, 1991
Publication Number: 
WA-RD 235.1
Last modified: 
10/12/2016 - 15:42
Gary Pivo, Lawrence D. Frank.
Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)
Number of Pages: 
Data collection, Implementation, Monitoring, Performance, State departments of transportation, Strategic planning, Transportation policy.