tives, support, and cooperation. To facilitate the reader's task, the Introduction also includes a summary of the seven papers prepared for the volume and of the symposium deliberations.
Chapter III provides the Committee Findings and Recommendations for assessing the operation of the program and making recommendations for its improvement. Chapter IV provides a detailed summary of the presentations of the one-day symposium, entitled “Assessing the Advanced Technology Program: Issues and Outcomes,” held April 25, 2000. The symposium brought together policy analysts, economists, Department of Commerce officials responsible for the ATP, and representatives of private industry to review the ATP's objectives, describe its selection process, and review case studies from the assessment program, as well as discuss the ATP's rationale, program strengths and weaknesses, and consider potential areas for improvement. The summary of the deliberations in Chapter IV are complemented by seven papers that describe the evolution and nature of the ATP competition process and assess, from a variety of perspectives, the impact of the ATP awards. The symposium summary and the related case studies represent the second phase of an analysis requested by NIST in response to a congressional mandate to provide an independent review of ATP program operations.
Section B below provides an overview of the papers collected for this volume. They illustrate the scope, quality, and challenges of the assessment effort while providing insights into the operation of the program. The following section provides a summary of the main points of the workshop proceedings.