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Program Development and Capacity Building

Staff are gathered around a map on a large planning table, engaged in dialog.

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center’s Program Development and Capacity Building Division helps government and industry decision makers analyze complex issues and develop strategies and programs to deliver a world-class transportation system. 


  • Professional capacity building: We help advance transportation knowledge by facilitating a variety of activities and events, including conferences, meetings, webinars, peer exchanges, workshops, communities of practice, and trainings.
  • Research, analysis, and evaluation: We conduct research, analysis, and evaluation on a range of project components, including interview and survey design, policy analysis, statistical analysis, qualitative data analysis, surveying and forecasting, and geographic information systems.
  • Strategic planning and program design: We assist our customers in initiating, facilitating, and implementing strategic planning efforts and provide targeted program design support related to policy implementation, rulemakings, and working groups.
  • Communications: We plan, develop, design, and distribute communications resources to audiences across disciplines, modes, and regions nationwide. These resources include newsletters, outreach materials, website content, and case studies.

Areas of Work

  • Environment
  • Freight
  • Innovative finance
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Operations
  • Planning
  • Realty
  • Safety
  • Sustainability
Updated: Friday, June 15, 2018