Welcome to the TPM Assessment Tool

This is the FHWA Transportation Performance Management (TPM) Self-Assessment Tool. Try out the tool anonymously to quickly assess your TPM maturity.

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TPM CMM Diagram showing all 10 components and 26 sub-components.

Learn About the Ten TPM Components

Read about each of the ten components below. You can also take targeted assessments of individual components

The establishment of an agency’s focus through well-defined goals and objectives, enabling assessment of the agency’s progress toward meeting goals and objectives by specifying a set of aligned performance measures. The Strategic Direction is the foundation upon which all transportation performance management rests.

Component 1 Assessment
The use of baseline data, information on possible strategies, resource constraints, and forecasting tools to collaboratively establish a quantifiable level of performance the agency wants to achieve within a specific time frame. Targets make the link between investment decisions and performance expectations transparent across all stakeholders.

Component 2 Assessment
The use of agency goals and objectives and performance trends to drive the 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.

Component 3 Assessment
The use of strategies and priorities to guide the allocation of resources to projects that are selected to achieve goals, objectives, and targets. Performance-based programming establishes clear linkages between investments made and expected performance outputs and outcomes.

Component 4 Assessment
A set of processes used to track and evaluate actions taken and outcomes achieved, thereby establishing a feedback loop to refine planning, programming, and target setting decisions. It involves using performance data to obtain key insights into the effectiveness of decisions and identifying where adjustments need to be made in order to improve performance.

Component 5 Assessment
The products, techniques, and processes used to communicate performance information to different audiences for maximum impact. Reporting is an important element for increasing accountability and transparency to external stakeholders and for explaining internally how transportation performance management is driving a data-driven approach to decision making.

Component 6 Assessment
Institutionalization of a transportation performance management culture within the organization, as evidenced by leadership support, employee buy-in, and embedded organizational structures and processes that support transportation performance management.

Component A Assessment
Established processes to collaborate and coordinate with agency partners and stakeholders on planning/visioning, target setting, programming, data sharing, and reporting. External collaboration allows agencies to leverage partner resources and capabilities, as well as increase understanding of how activities impact and are impacted by external factors.

Component B Assessment
A set of coordinated activities for maximizing the value of data to an organization. It includes data collection, creation, processing, storage, backup, organization, documentation, protection, integration, dissemination, archiving, and disposal. Well-managed data are essential for a robust TPM practice.

Component C Assessment
Existence of useful and valuable data sets and analysis capabilities available in accessible, convenient forms to support transportation performance management. While many agencies have a wealth of data, such data are often disorganized, or cannot be analyzed effectively to produce useful information to support target setting, decision making, monitoring, or other TPM practices.

Component D Assessment

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About the Site

This is the web resource for the FHWA Transportation Performance Management (TPM) Technical Assistance Program. This portion of the site, the TPM Capability Maturity Model Self-Assessment, is a tool for identifying logical next steps for strengthening TPM processes. The assessment results are linked to the TPM Guidebook, also hosted on this site, in order to provide clear practical actionable steps that state DOT leadership, management, and staff can implement to enhance performance-management practices. The full Guidebook uses case studies and illustrative examples to demonstrate how performance management results in improved decision-making through better-informed planning, programming, monitoring and reporting.