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Metro Connects

Attaining the Vision

As Metro creates a stronger learning culture and evidence-informed decision-making practices, several approaches will help achieve Metro Connects: 

Develop longer-term strategic approaches that center equity and community in evidence building and use. Equity-based and evidence-based practice work together to support proequity outcomes when data and evidence practices are driven by, inclusive of, and responsive to communities. To make best use of research and data assets, Metro will use its data and research capacity to answer the questions that are most critical for informing decision making related to the goals of Metro Connects. Metro will implement a strategic approach to research through, for example, developing learning agendas, which are now required of USDOT and other federal executive agencies by the 2018 Foundations of Evidence-Based Policymaking Act. Metro will center equity considerations regardless of the primary learning objective and will work with communities and be clear about how it will use evidence and act on the results.

Form evidence-building partnerships that leverage Metro’s expertise with that of community, researchers, and other partners. Such diverse teams will include community expertise to identify priority outcomes and interpret data and results, researchers who bring technical expertise and knowledge of other interventions, and the deep expertise of Metro staff and other partners regarding service delivery. Metro will compensate community partners for their expertise, honor the independence of external researchers, build the knowledge and skills of Metro staff, and engage with other sectors on common outcomes.

Increase the rigor and range of research methods. Metro is increasing the rigor and range of methods used in research to better understand and demonstrate the impact of Metro’s investments. Metro will use the most rigorous methods best suited to the learning objectives. It will value diverse forms of knowledge and reflect the multiplicity of culture contexts in which Metro’s services are delivered.

Share results and learnings transparently and broadly. Metro will support scientific practices and the publication of results, regardless of research findings. Metro will engage in regional and national forums to share, learn from, and build evidence regarding the impact of mobility on equity, sustainability, and other quality of life outcomes.

Use data to support learning. Metro will develop long-term data strategies that better integrate and use quantitative and qualitative data across Metro, King County, and other data sources. This will allow for a better focus on community outcomes and impact, while vigorously protecting data privacy and security.

King County Metro Long Range Plan