Table 4. RDT Evaluation Best Practices

Table 4. RDT Evaluation Best Practices

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External Stakeholder Involvement Transparent and consistent process for involving external stakeholders in the development of RD&T program agendas and priorities and for responding to stakeholder recommendations.
Merit Review of Competitive Proposals Documented process for awarding competitive research grants and contracts based upon merit review.
Independent Expert Review Adherence to OMB guidelines for peer review of Highly Influential and Influential scientific information.

Systematic process for evaluating significant RD&T programs that incorporates some form of independent expert review and for using review results to guide future program decisions.
RD&T Performance Measures Single- or multi-year objectives for significant RD&T programs (outcome measures) and measurable annual milestones that show how objectives will be reached (output measures).
RD&T Coordination Consistency with the RD&T strategies identified in the DOT Strategic Plan and RD&T Strategic Plan.

Coordination with relevant operating administrations, Federal agencies, and other partners.