Products, Services, and Data

Performance-Based Planning

COMPASS has collected and evaluated regional data to track performance toward Communities in Motion (CIM) goals since completing the first regional long-range transportation plan for Ada and Canyon Counties in 2006. Over the years, the process has matured from simple static reporting of data, to the development of the COMPASS Performance Dashboard which allows more customized interaction with the data, to a data-driven framework that allows for comparison of benefits of projects across a range of measures to assist in decision making.

Change in Motion Reports
Change in Motion reports document the region’s progress toward achieving CIM goals. These reports highlight trends in data and relevant changes in local policies.

COMPASS Performance Dashboard

The COMPASS Performance Dashboard allows COMPASS members, stakeholders, and the general public to check on the region’s progress toward CIM goals. While the Change in Motion reports are published every other year, the dashboard is updated as new data become available, providing a more “real time” look at progress.

In addition, the dashboard allows users to view and use data as it is meaningful to them. Individuals can focus on specific geographic areas or types of data to gain a clear picture of the issues they care about, such as traffic crashes or access to parks.

Development Review

COMPASS provides development reviews of proposed local developments. These reviews provide performance data on how proposed developments (e.g., new subdivisions) align with CIM goals to bridge local and regional planning. All completed reviews are provided online so that the affected public agency, developer, and local residents all have access to the same information.

Performance-Based Planning

COMPASS is changing how performance measures are used – from tracking performance to using it to inform decisions. Two initial steps included developing a framework to quantify the values of transportation investments and developing a mechanism for reporting how projects in the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) help the region achieve established goals and performance targets.

COMPASS received a competitive Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Implementation Assistance Grant to quantify and normalize the values of different transportation investments using the eight elements of CIM 2040 (transportation, land use, housing, economic development, open space, health, farmland, and community infrastructure). The end product is a framework that is used to help prioritize capital projects. The framework allows the user to compare the benefits of a project across all eight disparate CIM elements, to lead to more objective and transparent decision-making.

The TIP shows how projects correlate with CIM performance measures by listing which performance measure(s) each project in the TIP supports. This reporting not only allows a reader to easily see how individual projects help achieve CIM goals, but it also provides additional accountability for the project sponsor and decision-makers, as they must be able to clearly demonstrate the relationship between projects and CIM goals. The “TIP Achievement” section of the TIP provides more detail regarding how this is reported.

For more information on COMPASS performance measures, contact Carl Miller at 208/475-2239.