Project R-EQ1

Project R-EQ-1: Equity 360 Continuous Improvement Framework for Transportation Research

Exhibit D - Research Project Requirement: PDF Link

Principal Investigator: Laquanda Leaven Johnson, North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT)

Other Investigator(s): Jerry Everett, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)  

Project Partners: North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT), University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)  

Is any participating institution a Minority Institution? Yes

Research Project Funding: $150,000 (Federal: $75,000; non-Federal: $75,000) 

Project Status: Active

Project Start and End Date: 01/15/2024 to 01/14/2025 

Project Summary: The purpose of this project is to develop an Equity Continuous Improvement Framework (E-CIF) for Transportation research activities. The investigators intend to utilize a five-step continuous improvement model to ensure equity is infused at each stage of the research process. This project has been structured as a Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III endeavor. Phase I will focus on exploring what is meant by equity and how it can be implemented in transportation studies. Next, the study will identify the key parts of the research process at different institutions to understand how equity can be considered from the beginning to the completion of the research study. A major component to this study will be meeting with stakeholders (researchers, funding agencies, etc.) to gain their perspective on existing equity inclusion possibilities, and they will also assist in establishing the boundaries of this work. Equity measures will be identified for each of the different research activities followed by sample equity expectations and an implementation plan.