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Course Description

Steps to Effective Target Setting for TPM

PROGRAM AREA: Transportation Performance Management
Instructor-led Training (ILT)Instructor-led Training (ILT)
Calendar Year
Host Price
2 Days
1.2 Units
$470 Per Participant


CLASS SIZE: Minimum: 20 Maximum: 30


The passage of MAP-21 further emphasized the importance of target setting within a performance management context. MAP-21 requires State Departments of Transportation (State DOTs), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), and public transit providers to set performance targets for the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) established national performance measures.

This course explains the elements of target setting and focuses on how to set reasonable, attainable targets.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the value of setting appropriate and effective targets as part of performance management and within the context of current legislation
  • Describe what a target is and the importance of establishing a baseline
  • Explain the importance of collaboration in the target setting process and in the context of current legislation
  • Explain the key steps to set an effective target
  • Explain the factors involved in setting targets
  • Explain how trade-offs should be considered in determining targets between system performance areas
  • Set a target
  • Identify coordination needs in target setting
  • Identify key stakeholder roles
  • Identify key components of effective condition/performance tracking and progress assessment
  • Identify strategies to communicate target data and information effectively
  • Identify mitigation strategies for challenges related to target setting


The primary target audience for this training is: Technical roles responsible for setting targets (i.e., safety program manager, pavement management engineer, bridge/structure management engineer, freight planner, mobility program manager, traffic engineer, environmental planner, etc.) Planning/programming staff who develop the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) and Regional Transportation Improvement Plans (RTIPs) (i.e., multimodal planning manager, senior transportation planner/analyst, statewide planning and programming manager, transportation planning manager, regional planner) Staff dedicated to performance management (existence of these positions will vary across agencies) (i.e., performance management manager, chief performance officer) Individuals who will be involved in coordination/collaboration of target setting Federal Highway Administration/Division Office employees and FTA employees who provide oversight for and assistance with target setting, including Performance and Management Analysts (PMAs) and subject area specialists who will assist their state and local partners Secondary target audiences for this training include: Higher-level decision makers who will ultimately decide on which targets to use The focus of this training will be at the State/MPO level. This will be the lens through which the training is designed. Federal employees will learn about their role in the context of States/MPOs going through the target setting steps.

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at or 877.558.6873.


Start Date: 6/06/2017
End Date: 6/07/2017
Location: TRENTON, NJ
Local Coordinator: Patrick Vannozzi (609) 530-4942
No Public Seats Available
Please contact the Local Coordinator to enroll in this session.
0 FHWA Seats
Start Date: 10/17/2017
End Date: 10/18/2017
Location: COLUMBIA, SC
Local Coordinator: Conshelda Nelson (803) 737-4066
3 Public Seats
$470 Per Participant
1 FHWA Seats

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The National Highway Institute (NHI) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, NHI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, NHI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.


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