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36 Tools to Aid State DOTs in Responding to Workforce Challenges 4.3 Community Interest and Involvement Active participation from a variety of state DOT user groups will ensure that the Workforce Toolkit remains a useful resource that supports peer exchanges and successful practices in responding to current and future workforce challenges. The community could become involved by submitting materials for inclusion in the database; recommending and/or reviewing resources; composing/contributing to a list of favorite resources; and suggesting new Frequently Asked Questions, facets, and views. The Forum View provides a DOT workforce portal that can be expanded to include views in addition to the FHWA Communities of Practice site and can incorporate a number of features commonly found as part of current web sites. Additional views might include the following: Schedule of workforce-related conferences and training courses, consolidated across multiple sponsoring organizations; Discussion forums on specific topics of interest, allowing practitioners to pose questions to their peers; Lessons learned and best practice area, for one-page descriptions posted by DOT staff; URL link collections; and Performance benchmarking area for key metrics (e.g., turnover rates, time to fill open positions). Additional features might include: Incorporation of user reviews of information resources; User tagging of information resources; Capability for users to submit resources for incorporation into the resource base; Capability for users to sign up for notifications when new resources of interest are posted; and Periodic web surveys and posting of results to provide snapshots of current practice and recent activities. These capabilities are easily accomplished with existing software. 4.4 Hosting the Site To keep the Toolkit fresh and maintain its utility for the user community, we recommend that the AASHTO Subcommittee on Human Resources assumes stewardship to maintain, update, and market the toolkit, and that it be housed on an AASHTO-sponsored web site. 4.5 Other Considerations Some DOTs restrict YouTube use on company computers. A member of the research team met with the Web master/IT manager for AASHTO in May 2008. It was his suggestion that video be handled through AASHTO's video portal that is currently being developed. This issue will need to be addressed before the toolkit is launched on the AASHTO web site.