The objective of this study was to produce a synthesis of evaluation practices used by organizations conducting transportation related research and development (R&D). The project was intended to determine which evaluation methods are currently being used to assess R&D programs and the degree of satisfaction engendered by these methods. A second purpose of the study was to provide some "how to information" on evaluating the impacts of transportation related R&D. The work, carried out in three stages, involved: 1) conducting a brief review of the literature regarding R&D evaluation methodologies; 2) interviewing representatives of organizations involved in carrying out transportation related R&D; and 3) preparing illustrative information on evaluation methodologies. The report provides examples of the use of user surveys, cost-benefit methods, case studies, and performance indicators for evaluating transportation related R&D. It also provides a summary matrix outlining the applicability of the various evaluation methods to transportation related R&D at different stages of the R&D process, as well as some technical information on how to structure user surveys and how to carry out cost-benefit analyses. The study presents an ideal evaluation model for an R&D program using a combination of the various evaluation methods.


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  • Features: Appendices;
  • Pagination: 30 p.
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00724560
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1551871041
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 13 1996 12:00AM