Program Evaluation and Strategy May 9, 2011

Subcommittee Charge

The Program Evaluation and Strategy subcommittee will advise the Committee on overall ITS Program direction and performance, including the following:

  • Strategies to promote multi-modal coverage of the ITS program;
  • Strategies to promote accelerated deployment of ITS technologies at the state and local level; and
  • Performance metrics to measure progress and achievement of ITS program goals in safety, mobility, and the environment.

Subcommittee Deliberations and Findings

The subcommittee reviewed the JPO high-level Charter which includes the following objectives:

  • Performing, managing and advocating for research and development.
  • Creating an environment in which ITS can advance as a critical, deployable element of a contemporary transportation system.
  • Positioning ITS as a response to policy challenges the U.S. transportation system faces.

We discussed the need to narrow the focus of the initial charge to the subcommittee, based on the following provisos:

  • This is a program focus and not a project-level focus. The ITS PAC should not evaluate individual projects as that is the responsibility of the JPO itself. The overall program outcomes should be determined and evaluated.
  • The subcommittee recognizes that resources well beyond what the JPO actually has access to will be needed to be effective in achieving certain outcomes. These include funding as well as authority to act. Any evaluation of the ITS program must consider these limitations on achieving performance outcomes.


The Program Evaluation and Strategy subcommittee seeks buy-in from the full ITS PAC on the following expectations for the JPO. Once these are confirmed, the subcommittee will develop specific outcomes for each expectation.

  • The JPO should provide an effective program to support system development, investment and deployment by others (e.g., state and local entities) in addition to the national deployment objectives.
  • The JPO should facilitate institutional transformation (e.g., PPP, federal/state interactions, etc.) where it is of fundamental value (or necessary) to achieve progress towards deploying transportation technologies.
  • The JPO should have a technology strategy that recognizes and leverages technology developments in other sectors (e.g., defense, telecom, etc.).This is being addressed by the Technology Strategy subcommittee of the ITS PAC.
  • The JPO should develop and execute multi-modal ITS strategies as identified by an assessment of activities underway in each of the modal administrations.
  • The JPO should work toward an ITS program that contributes to a sustainable transportation system that supports economic development, environmental protection and social equity.
  • The JPO should establish program-level performance metrics and implement them as an integral part of an ongoing evaluation to measure specific outcomes against expectations.

Assuming buy-in from the ITS PAC on the above, or additional, expectations the Subcommittee would work with the JPO to develop a definition of success and specific metrics for each expectation. Further, we would develop processes for tracking progress.