New ideas in transportation can come from any number of sources. Iowa DOTers are an inquisitive bunch who don’t hesitate to look at new ways of doing business and update methods when necessary. The research section, part of the Strategic Performance Division, is always gathering ideas from all areas of the DOT on topics that can be considered for our research program which could potentially help you find new and better ways to do your job and improve transportation in Iowa.
Do you have an idea or problem you are trying to solve that you think should be researched or are you curious about the current status of ideas in the research pipeline? The Iowa DOT has launched a new Research Ideas website. This site is a complement to the existing research site and offers information on new and in-progress research in an easy-to-navigate format. The new site allows keyword searches and the ability to filter ideas.
The new research site:
Is driven by you. We love great ideas, but getting a concept to go from “good” to “great” takes lots of input and development. That’s why we encourage feedback and hope you’ll weigh in on proposed ideas—because when more opinions come together, the better the final result will be. Go to our Ideas page to start submitting feedback as part of the research process.
Allows for a transparent process. Ideas move through one state at a time.
Learn more about how it works: from submission to discussion/evaluation to development, you can track the progress of any idea in the system and identify related projects in development.
Encourages interaction. All Iowa DOT employees are already registered in the system and can log in with network accounts. Your personal profile allows you to select areas of interest. You’ll also be able to mention any other user in the system with a simple @ in front of their name. Non-DOT employees can offer suggestions as "external guests."
Our research staff have collaborated with groups like the Iowa Highway Research Board, Transportation Research Board, Federal Highway Administration, and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials for decades. These collaborations have kept Iowa on the leading edge of innovations in materials, processes, and technologies that have brought improvement and longevity to transportation systems in Iowa and across the world. The research staff continue to bring improvements to the process to keep Iowa a leader in transportation.