New guide and webinar: “The Why and How of Measuring Access to Opportunity”

Transportation systems link people to their daily destinations as well as broader opportunity. And transportation agencies across the country are increasingly interested in measuring how well their systems do this. Many practitioners are not sure where to start on that ambitious goal, but a new guide from the Governors’ Institute on Community Design is designed to show them how.

The Why and How of Measuring Access to Opportunity: A Guide to Performance Management is a brand new guidebook on the data, tools, and methodologies transportation officials need to measure access to opportunity, as well as how to integrate these measurements into their planning and investment decisions. The new guidebook provides background on the changing priorities in transportation performance management, how some transportation agencies are already incorporating measures of access into their programs, and discusses the data and tools available to support measuring it. This guidebook might also be useful to elected and civic leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders who wish to work with transportation agencies to address these important priorities.

This resource was informed by an Advisory Panel made up of federal, state, and local practitioners, as well as two workshops on performance management and destination access. Topics include:

  • What we measure
    • Past areas of measurement and limitations
    • Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century
    • Additional areas to measure
  • Why measure access to opportunity?
    • Incorporating destination access into transportation programs and planning
    • Setting targets
    • Using scenarios
  • Making the case for change
    • How to measure destination access
    • Data sources
    • Tools being used
    • Proxy measures

Watch the recorded webinar

A live discussion of the report was recorded on February 16, 2017 to review the content of the guidebook, discuss the changing state of practice in performance management, and answer questions.

Click here to view the archived webinar

About GICD

The Governors’ Institute on Community Design is a partnership of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation, and Smart Growth America. The Governors’ Institute was created in 2005 by the National Endowment for the Arts and was modeled on the very successful Mayors’ Institute on City Design.

This material is based upon work supported by the Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under a cooperative agreement. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Federal Highway Administration or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.