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Suggested Citation:"Appendix K: Information Request to the Department of Energy." National Research Council. 2005. Prospective Evaluation of Applied Energy Research and Development at DOE (Phase One): A First Look Forward. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11277.
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Information Request to the Department of Energy

Each panel applying the methodology to the various Department of Energy (DOE) programs will need to gather information about those programs. The information request and supporting documentation should take the form of a brief program assessment summary (PAS) (see Figure K-1). Individual assessment summaries should be prepared for each project in the program portfolio. It is suggested that the following information be requested of DOE:

  1. Program roadmap and logic;

  2. Articulation and quantification of program goals (near-term, intermediate, final);

  3. Annual program budgets—to date, current, and needed to achieve the program’s goals;

  4. Co-funding—to date, current, and needed to achieve the program’s goals;

  5. Identification of complementary or competitive foreign and nonfederal domestic programs;

  6. Identification of other programs that comprise enabling and complementary technologies to the program under review;

  7. Key accomplishments (milestones met) to date;

  8. Barriers to program goal accomplishment—and an identification of their importance to the program;

  9. Technological or infrastructure innovations or breakthroughs needed to meet the program’s goals and identification of competitive technology; and

  10. Other information and data as might be requested by the panel.

Similarly, DOE should provide the following information for each project in the program portfolio:

  1. Description of how the project aligns with and supports the program’s goals;

  2. Articulation and quantification of project’s goals (near-term, intermediate, final);

  3. Annual project budget(s)—to date, current, and needed to achieve the program’s goals;

  4. Project co-funding—to date, current, and needed to achieve the project’s goals;

  5. Identification of those projects, in addition to those under review, that comprise enabling and complementary technologies;

  6. Key accomplishments (milestones met) to date;

  7. Barriers to project goal accomplishment—and an identification of their importance to the project and program; and

  8. Technological or infrastructure innovations or breakthroughs needed to meet the project’s goals.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix K: Information Request to the Department of Energy." National Research Council. 2005. Prospective Evaluation of Applied Energy Research and Development at DOE (Phase One): A First Look Forward. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11277.
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FIGURE K-1 Program Assessment Summary (PAS) form, to be completed by DOE.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix K: Information Request to the Department of Energy." National Research Council. 2005. Prospective Evaluation of Applied Energy Research and Development at DOE (Phase One): A First Look Forward. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11277.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix K: Information Request to the Department of Energy." National Research Council. 2005. Prospective Evaluation of Applied Energy Research and Development at DOE (Phase One): A First Look Forward. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11277.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix K: Information Request to the Department of Energy." National Research Council. 2005. Prospective Evaluation of Applied Energy Research and Development at DOE (Phase One): A First Look Forward. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11277.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix K: Information Request to the Department of Energy." National Research Council. 2005. Prospective Evaluation of Applied Energy Research and Development at DOE (Phase One): A First Look Forward. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11277.
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In 2001, the National Research Council (NRC) completed a congressionally mandated assessment of the benefits and costs of DOE’s fossil energy and energy efficiency R&D programs, Energy Research at DOE: Was It Worth It? The Congress followed this retrospective study by directing DOE to request the NRC to develop a methodology for assessing prospective benefits. The first phase of this project—development of the methodology—began in December 2003. Phase two will make the methodology more robust and explore related issues, and subsequent phases will apply the methodology to review the prospective benefits of different DOE fossil energy and energy efficiency R&D programs. In developing this project, three considerations were particularly important. First, the study should adapt the work of the retrospective study. Second, the project should develop a methodology that provides a rigorous calculation of benefits and risks, and a practical and consistent process for its application. Third, the methodology should be transparent, should not require extensive resources for implementation, and should produce easily understood results. This report presents the results of phase one. It focuses on adaptation of the retrospective methodology to a prospective context.

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