Component 03

Performance-Based Planning


Performance-Based Planning is the use of agency goals and objectives and performance trends to drive development of strategies and priorities in the long-range transportation plan and other performance-based plans and processes. The resulting planning documents become the blueprint for how an agency intends to achieve its desired performance outcomes. Read more…


Implementation Steps

Performance-based planning is broken down into two complementary subcomponents:

  • Strategy Identification: The development of a range of strategies for achieving desired outcomes through the use of available baseline data trends, forecasting tools, economic analysis tools, and management systems.
  • Investment Prioritization: The evaluation of tradeoffs across alternative investment
    scenarios based on consideration and comparison of their impacts on performance targets
    and goals.

Making the Connection

Performance-Based Planning (Component 03) builds on the goals and objectives in the Strategic Direction (Component 01) and performance targets established in Target Setting (Component 02). The Performance-Based Planning process determines how strategic goals translate into agency strategies and priorities that will improve performance, setting the stage for project selection and resource allocation in Performance-Based Programming (Component 04).

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The Performance-Based Planning chapter contains three sections:

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What it Takes

The planning process provides a forum to discuss, both internally and externally, how to translate the strategic direction into actions on the ground. For each strategic goal, agencies examine performance trends to identify focus areas, derive strategies to address performance challenges and/or maintain existing results, and analyze alternative scenarios. Ensuing tradeoff discussions determine which strategies will be pursued and become concrete projects during programming.

Performance-based planning is grounded in:

  • Data and measures,
  • Stakeholder input,
  • Policy Considerations,and
  • Sharing information.

Data and measures drive the development of strategies by providing an understanding of performance trends and influencing factors.

Stakeholder involvement is essential to reflect external priorities. Identified strategies must reflect the policies and procedures of local, state, and federal partners. Cross silo understanding leads to effective tradeoff discussions and analysis.