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CHAPTER 4 Recommended Future Initiatives 4.1 Overview State DOTs are being forced to make significant adjustments as financial resources become more limited, transportation infrastructure ages, traffic volumes increase, and technology reliance increases. These changes are shifting the workforce landscape of state DOTs. While it is impossible to accurately predict all future workforce needs, it seems likely that literature, practices, and other resources will be updated and made available as progress is made in the industry. This protean nature of needs and resources dictates the need for a similarly flexible toolkit. The web site developed in this project as a demonstration of the Workforce Toolkit necessarily will have a limited life. No financial support or other resources have been provided by NCHRP or other sponsors to support the maintenance of the Toolkit or web site following completion of the research project. The future utility of the Workforce Toolkit depends on it remaining a current resource that meets the changing needs of a dynamic audience. Resources will need regular updating, and elements of the site (e.g., views, needs, and facets) may need to be refined as workforce challenges continue to evolve. Fundamental to the success of this initiative is ownership by an entity that hosts the site and engagement with the state DOT community that provides an ongoing sense of specific agency needs. 4.2 Dynamic Resources An important asset of this tool is the ease with which it can be modified and updated. The views chosen for the prototype are based on research and input from the panel and the AASHTO Subcommittee on Human Resources; however, views can be added, deleted, or modified. Resources can be efficiently added or deleted by any authorized user through the password-protected administration site. As information becomes available for the Geographic View, it can be added to the existing tables by the Toolkit Web master for the site. An important feature of this view is that it provides a foundation for displaying information from state DOT Geographic Information Systems (GIS). As the Toolkit evolves, more sophisticated GIS querying and analysis capabilities can be added to its functions. The Toolkit Web master can also add new information, including studies from state and fed- eral entities other than NCHRP, to the State Practices View. Any authorized user can edit facets for existing or newly added resources; the technical administrator can change facet categories by, for example, adding National Professional Associations as a source type, or even by adding or deleting a facet category. This type of action should be done carefully since all of the reports are designed using the existing set of facet categories. If changes to the facet lists are made, the queries that determine the view outputs need to be adjusted. 35