Are the goals and objectives of the assessment clearly described and fully addressed in the document? Does the assessment go beyond its scope?
Do evidence and analysis adequately support the conclusions and recommendations? Are uncertainties or incompleteness in the evidence explicitly recognized? If any recommendations are based on value judgments or the collective opinions of the authors, is this acknowledged and are adequate reasons given for reaching those judgments?
Are the data and analyses handled adequately? Are statistical methods applied appropriately?
Are policy-relevant questions appropriately addressed? Are the advantages and disadvantages of alternative options, including the status quo, considered?
Are the presentation and organization of the document effective?
Is the document impartial?
Does the executive summary concisely and accurately describe the key findings and recommendations? Is it consistent with other sections of the report?
What other significant improvements, if any, might be made in the report?
In providing comments, the review committee is encouraged to distinguish issues it considers to be of major concern from other, less significant points.