Frequently Asked Questions
- OnTrackAmerica looks like a large project. How are you going to pay for this?
- Who will be participating in OTA?
- Are the outcomes of these discussions binding on the participants?
- How will agreements be implemented?
- How will agreements be monitored?
- What is the motivation of OnTrackAmerica's founders and contributors? Who else is behind this?
- How does OnTrackAmerica plan to define and measure its own progress?
OnTrackAmerica will be supported by a combination of industry funding, government grants and contracts, and foundation sponsorships.
Up to now, OnTrackAmerica has been making personal invitations based on our reading of current industry dynamics. OTA now offers an open invitation to participate in the OnTrackAmerica collaborative process, beginning with our current document, the OnTrackPennsylvania 8-point plan. As we develop further communication tools, we will ultimately have a mechanism in place for the stakeholders to decide as a group who should be at each discussion table.
The initial discussions are non-binding, intended to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and an improved gathering of intelligence. The productivity of this new form of engagement will lead to more formal negotiations and coordination among committed stakeholders.
OnTrackAmerica will introduce more advanced discussion tools and processes to accommodate large-group action-planning and coordination.
OnTrackAmerica intends that our inclusive process toward consensus leads to agreements that have a high level of buy-in by the participants. If a particular agreement requires ongoing monitoring, the Roundtable participants will establish a monitoring protocol.
OnTrackAmerica is a non-profit response to the need for higher levels of coordination and collaboration. We have been encouraged and supported in our approaches by many individuals in business, government and academia since entering the industry in 1994. Please see our Sponsors and Organizational Partners for more information.
Developing performance measurements that reflect systemwide objectives is necessary for the industry as a whole. See Point 4 of our current document for the initial stage development of these objectives. OTA’s participants will build an intelligent and useful body of specific performance measures that are meaningful to each stakeholder group. Together, these will establish the specific goals and milestones for OnTrackAmerica’s work.