We developed a capital prioritization framework for the state and community college system in Massachusetts. The framework was driven by a comprehensive model that integrated multiple data sets including space needs, strategic priorities, facility condition, and institution-specific metrics. The model was used to rank potential capital projects. It provided significant insight, illustrating the mismatch between likely funding and calculated need. Stakeholder engagement was key. We worked with two different state agencies and a representative group of chief financial officers from across the system. By providing a data-driven, rational approach to what had previously been a highly politicized process, the workgroup’s capital plan reflected system-wide needs and priorities, and was deemed a fair allocation by all participants.
DumontJanks team members led the analysis of the above project while employed by Sasaki Associates, Inc. DumontJanks is not associated with Sasaki.