Evaluation of Programs in the Department of Transportation--An Assessment

Gao ID: PAD-79-13 April 3, 1979

Each of the several operating administrations within the Department of Transportation (DOT) is responsible for establishing its own evaluation system. Since there are no Department-wide guidelines or standards to follow in evaluating agency programs, the administrations vary in their emphasis on and treatment of evaluation.

In most cases the system is decentralized and evaluative activities, with the exception of a few legislatively mandated studies, are aimed primarily at providing program managers with information on operational and technical deficiencies. Relatively few DOT evaluations have assessed the impact of programs on legislative expectations. Most DOT programs have been established by law to provide a service to the public. With the exception of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, none of the operating administrations have a formal evaluation planning process which identifies major areas of concern and allocates resources to these areas for evaluation purposes. However, DOT is in the process of developing a Departmental Program Monitoring and Evaluation System.


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