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State DOT Product Evaluation Processes (2024)

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C - Interview Questions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2024. State DOT Product Evaluation Processes. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27809.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C - Interview Questions." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2024. State DOT Product Evaluation Processes. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27809.
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125   Product Evaluation Program 1. What are some of the main types of products that your agency evaluates? 2. Please briefly explain the steps used at your agency to evaluate products once an applica- tion is received. If you can, walk us through a recent product approval that your agency conducted. 3. What tools or workflows has your agency used in the evaluation process? 4. What is the typical timeline for conducting product evaluation and making a decision about a product’s approval? How much time does it take to complete a product evaluation once an application is received? 5. What benefits and challenges has your agency faced in your product evaluation program? Approved/Qualified Product Lists 6. How has your agency organized its approved/qualified products lists (A/QPLs)? 7. What is the process of developing specifications for A/QPLs? If available, could you share the process or documents of the process with us? 8. Does your agency use other transportation agencies’ approval lists? If so, what is that process? Impacts to Product Evaluation 9. Does your agency evaluate proprietary products? If so, what is the process for evaluating proprietary products? Does it differ from any other product? 10. How does your agency evaluate the environmental friendliness of a product for construc- tion, operations, or maintenance? 11. How do environmental product declarations impact the evaluation of products and materials? 12. How does your agency evaluate innovative products that do not have an evaluation process in place? 13. How does Buy America/Build America impact product evaluation processes? 14. What impacts has your agency seen in product evaluation due to supply chain issues? What impacts has your agency seen in product evaluation due to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funds? Unapproved Products 15. What does your agency do with rejected products? Are they able to be re-evaluated if defi- ciencies are addressed? Please explain. 16. If an evaluated product is not approved, what is the re-submittal process at your agency? A P P E N D I X C Interview Questions

126 State DOT Product Evaluation Processes Final Thoughts 17. What lessons learned has your agency developed through the implementation of your product evaluation program? 18. Do you have any additional information to share on product evaluations?

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The construction, maintenance, and operation of transportation infrastructure requires immense amounts of products and materials. New products, materials, engineered systems, and innovative technologies are presented to state departments of transportation (DOTs) by suppliers and manufacturers, as well as sometimes by contractors and internal DOT staff.

NCHRP Synthesis 616: State DOT Product Evaluation Processes, from TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program, documents current state DOT practices, funding, policies, management techniques, tools, and workflows of product evaluation processes.

Supplemental to the report is a dataset of various administrative documents from different state DOTs.

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