DOE sites and, in some cases, multisite studies or products that were not site-specific. The Statement of Task and Sampling Strategy follow:
DOE’s Office of Health requested that a committee be created by the National Academies to conduct a review of the Worker and Public Health Activities Program to assess and recommend ways to enhance the program’s scientific merit, focus, and effectiveness; its impact on the DOE’s policies and decisions; and other program benefits, including the relevance to DOE’s mission, that are consistent with the objectives of this program. In addition, the National Academies’ committee was asked to address the following aspects of the program:
The congressional mandate in establishing the MOU, and how well its goals have been met through FY 2004;
Evaluating research priorities for projects from FY 1990 through FY 2004 and for projects included in the agenda;
Research project selection from FY 1990 through FY 2004 and for projects included in the agenda;
Usefulness of results and dissemination of completed research through FY 2005; and
Other aspects to be identified by the committee.
The committee was asked to propose other appropriate measures or indicators to be used in evaluating this program. DOE also requested the committee’s assessment, given sufficient information and time, whether or not the individual Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) agency programs were of the highest quality from the viewpoint of science and public policy.
In considering the Statement of Task in the context of the size of the program, the number of DOE nuclear sites, and the variety of activities at these various sites, the committee determined that a comprehensive assessment of the entire program was not possible in the time allotted for this study. The committee determined that a sampling strategy would be needed.
Accordingly, the committee discussed various subsets of the total program to review and arrived at a selection rationale that took into account the following factors:
The range of time over which health studies were initiated.
The number of workers involved as part of the program.
A variety of types of dissemination and communication challenges.