Appendix B

Conference Evaluation Guidelines

CONFERENCE-LEVEL EVALUATION

Objective 1. Provide an overview to industry and academia of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on Civilian Industrial Technology (CCIT), with emphasis on the subcommittees on Manufacturing Infrastructure and Advanced Materials Processing.

  1. Did the CCIT presentations have a clear and coherent message on what the committee and the NSTC are and what they are doing? Was the message relevant to both industry and academia?

  2. Did the responses and questions from the audience indicate that the message was communicated effectively, or was there confusion about NSTC–CCIT roles and objectives?

Objective 2. Provide a forum for government to understand the key issues and needs in the U.S. manufacturing sector.

  1. Did the presentations by industry sector representatives identify key issues and needs and explain why they were important to the manufacturing sector?

  2. Were these issues and needs presented in terms of potential government actions or responsibilities?

  3. Did particular issues and needs stand out as capturing more attention, assent, or controversy among participants?



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Evaluation of the Second National Conference on Manufacturing Technology Appendix B Conference Evaluation Guidelines CONFERENCE-LEVEL EVALUATION Objective 1. Provide an overview to industry and academia of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on Civilian Industrial Technology (CCIT), with emphasis on the subcommittees on Manufacturing Infrastructure and Advanced Materials Processing. Did the CCIT presentations have a clear and coherent message on what the committee and the NSTC are and what they are doing? Was the message relevant to both industry and academia? Did the responses and questions from the audience indicate that the message was communicated effectively, or was there confusion about NSTC–CCIT roles and objectives? Objective 2. Provide a forum for government to understand the key issues and needs in the U.S. manufacturing sector. Did the presentations by industry sector representatives identify key issues and needs and explain why they were important to the manufacturing sector? Were these issues and needs presented in terms of potential government actions or responsibilities? Did particular issues and needs stand out as capturing more attention, assent, or controversy among participants?

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Evaluation of the Second National Conference on Manufacturing Technology Objective 3. Provide a forum for industry and academia to evaluate the generic manufacturing framework proposed by the CCIT Subcommittee on Manufacturing Infrastructure and to evaluate the needs and priorities that arise in the different thrust areas. Was the conference as a whole well organized to provide a forum for evaluating the framework and the needs and priorities that evolved from the individual workshops? What did participants think of the manufacturing framework? Did the plenary sessions following the workshops succeed in evaluating needs and priorities that evolved from the workshop reports. Which needs and priorities received this kind of evaluation? Objective 4. Assist in defining the major elements of a common manufacturing technology agenda that integrates the efforts of government, industry, academia, and workforce organizations. Did the conference succeed in identifying elements of a common manufacturing agenda? What elements were identified? Were these relevant to government, industry, academia, and workforce organizations? WORKSHOP-LEVEL EVALUATION Objective 1. Provide an overview to industry and academia of the NSTC–CCIT with emphasis on the subcommittees on Manufacturing Infrastructure and Advanced Materials Processing. During the workshop, were there any indications of how well the CCIT message had been understood or what participants thought of the NSTC–CCIT roles, objectives, and approach to meeting objectives? Objective 2. Provide a forum for government to understand the key issues and needs in the U.S. manufacturing sector.

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Evaluation of the Second National Conference on Manufacturing Technology Was the structure and conduct of the workshop conducive to providing a forum for issues and needs raised in panel I and II sessions or during the workshop itself? What key issues and needs emerged from the workshop or received particular attention? How did participants see these issues and needs as relevant to federal government action? Objective 3. Provide a forum for industry and academia to evaluate the generic manufacturing framework proposed by the CCIT Subcommittee on Manufacturing Infrastructure and to evaluate the needs and priorities that arise in the different thrust areas. How well was the workshop organized and conducted to serve as a forum for these evaluations? Were participants in the workshop generally satisfied with the framework 's characterization of the area? Were there suggestions for drawing the boundary differently? Does the thrust area seem relevant to participants from industry and academia? Were participants able to prioritize, even roughly, the needs in this area? Objective 4. Assist in defining the major elements of a common manufacturing technology agenda that integrates the efforts of government, industry, academia, and workforce organizations. Was the workshop organized to identify issues that could lead to the development of a common manufacturing agenda? What issues were identified? Did these seem relevant to government, industry, academic, and workforce organizations?

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