Idaho Transportation Department
Division of Highways
It is the policy of the Idaho Transportation
Department to encourage the advancement of knowledge through research. This
research will have as its primary objectives:
To reduce accidents and accident
To reduce the costs of construction and maintenance while
improving the quality of the product.
To improve the quality of service.
To increase the efficiency of planning, operations, and
The Department recognizes the
benefits to our operations that may result from this research effort and
assigns a high priority to research so these benefits may be realized at the
earliest possible time. The
implementation of the knowledge gained through research is a primary goal.
Research work will normally be
performed by Department personnel. Assistance
may be sought from universities and consultants when the necessary personnel,
talent, or equipment is not available within the Department. Research
within the Department will normally be staffed by personnel having primary
responsibility for the area of work involved.
Research is concerned with the
advancement of knowledge. Many
classifications have been defined, but for purposes of orienting the quest for
knowledge or solving of problems, research can be basically divided into the
Theoretical or Basic Research - A systematic investigation endeavoring to
obtain a fuller knowledge of natural or socioeconomic phenomena.
Applied Research - A systematic investigation
to learn how knowledge can be applied to the solution of a
Development Studies - A study to translate
knowledge or research results into materials, devices, or techniques for the
practical solution of a specific problem.
Evaluation Studies - A
study to measure, test, and evaluate the performance of new developments under
Other studies that do not fit into any of the
above classifications may, in fact, be research.
These can be the collection of data on practices, procedures of similar
activities, or the demonstrations and improvement of new devices or