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A Guidebook for Sustainability Performance Measurement for Transportation Agencies (2011)

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Suggested Citation:"Chapter 7 - Sustainability Measures Checklist." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2011. A Guidebook for Sustainability Performance Measurement for Transportation Agencies. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/14598.
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Suggested Citation:"Chapter 7 - Sustainability Measures Checklist." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2011. A Guidebook for Sustainability Performance Measurement for Transportation Agencies. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/14598.
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32 A Guidebook for Sustainability Performance Measurement for Transportation Agencies Chapter 7 Sustainability Measures Checklist Once you have selected your set of goals, objectives, and measures, use the sustainability checklist (Table 4) to evaluate the SPM framework as applied and to make refinements and provide feedback as described in Chapter 5. The yes/no questions in the checklist provide a self-assessment tool that will identify any areas that may need further work or follow-up. The checklist can be used to evaluate your product, ensuring that your set of measures gives a valid and complete picture of your sustainability progress. The checklist helps answer the following questions: • Does your set of goals, objectives, and measures work? • Are all four sustainability principles addressed in a balanced way? • Will these measures give you the information you need? • Do you have the data you need to implement these measures? The sustainability checklist is a self- assessment tool that can be used to evaluate the application of the framework, make refinements, provide feedback, and identify areas for follow-up.

Sustainability Measures Checklist 33 Table 4. Sustainability measures checklist. YES NO FOLLOW UP GOALS The final set of goals addresses the four sustainability principles 1. Preserving and enhancing environmental and ecological systems. 2. Fostering community health and vitality. 3. Promoting economic development and prosperity. 4. Ensuring equity between and among population groups and over generations. The four sustainability principles are well balanced across the final set of goals. The final set of goals has been reviewed and approved. OBJECTIVES The objective is clearly stated and easy to communicate. Meeting the objective will help achieve progress in meeting the related goal. Progress in meeting the objective can be measured with credible data. MEASURES The measure is clearly stated and easy to communicate. The measure as defined will give useful information about progress in meeting the objective. The set of measures defined for an individual objective will give enough information to evaluate progress. The set of measures focuses on outcomes as well as key outputs. The data required to support the measure are available and credible. DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION Key partners and stakeholders have been engaged in defining the goals, objectives, and measures. Responsibility for implementing each objective has been assigned. Responsibility for collecting data and reporting on performance has been assigned. The necessary staff time and resources are available. Management responsibility is clear for reviewing performance and recommending follow-up action. A process and schedule are in place for measurement, internal reporting, assessment, and future action. A communication plan is in place to keep stakeholders and partners informed and engaged.

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TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 708: A Guidebook for Sustainability Performance Measurement for Transportation Agencies describes the underlying principles of sustainability as it relates to transportation, possible goals that can be used to address those principles, and performance measures that can be used to address those goals.

Aspects of sustainability-related performance measures, including data sources and examples of use, are discussed. A reference compendium of performance measures has also been provided.

In addition to the guidebook, the contractor’s project Final Report contains the results of the literature review, surveys of the state of the practice, case study interviews, detail on research methodology and findings, and a discussion of future research needs is available on the NCHRP Project 08-74 website.

A CD-ROM, included in the print version of the guidebook, contains an Excel-spreadsheet-based version of the performance measures compendium located in Appendix B of the guidebook. The spreadsheet allows the existing measures to be modified, and macros enable the user to generate and export a custom list of measures. Instructions for using the spreadsheet are found in Appendix C.

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