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Performance Measures

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 current project to develop a framework to facilitate a more robust use of performance measures to guide decision-making.

Past and Current Performance Measurement

Change in Motion Report
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.

In an effort to make the most current data more accessible, COMPASS began a series of social media posts based on the COMPASS performance measures and data outlined in the 2016 Change in Motion report. The social media series uses infographics to continue reporting performance measure data.

Learn more about CIM goals and performance measures from the resources below:

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. The dashboard also includes links to completed development checklists. These checklists provide feedback regarding how proposed developments (e.g., new subdivisions) align with CIM goals. All completed checklists are provided online so that the affected public agency, developer, and local residents all have access to the same information.

Future Performance Measurement: 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.

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

COMPASS established a Performance Measure Framework Workgroup to provide feedback on the development of this performance measure framework.

Learn more.

TIP Achievement
The TIP is a five-year budget of federally funded and regionally significant transportation projects. Projects in the TIP should help the region meet CIM goals and performance measures. COMPASS is strengthening its process to ensure this is the case.

As discussed above, COMPASS developed a framework to provide objective information for decision-makers to compare different projects on a level playing field. This process will be used in prioritizing projects for inclusion in the TIP. With this process, projects that “score” higher regarding meeting performance targets will be prioritized higher for inclusion in the TIP.

Beginning in January 2016, the TIP will show how projects correlate with CIM performance measures. This reporting will not only allow a reader to easily see how individual projects help achieve CIM goals, but it will also provide additional accountability for the project sponsor and decision-makers, as they must be able to clearly demonstrate the relationship between projects and CIM goals.

What’s Next?

COMPASS completed the performance measure framework in late 2016. Keep checking back for examples and updates on this process. The framework will be used to help prioritize projects for the FY2019-2023 TIP, and later to help prioritize transportation system investments for CIM 2040 2.0.

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