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Guide for Conducting Benefit-Cost Evaluation of Realized Impacts of Public R&D Programs

DescriptionThis document provides guidance for evaluators who conduct impact assessments to determine the “realized” economic benefits and costs, energy, environmental benefits, and other impacts of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) R&D programs. The focus of this Guide is on realized outcomes or impacts of R&D programs actually experienced by American citizens, industry, and others. Retrospective evaluations may be contrasted to prospective evaluations that reflect expected or potential outcomes only if assumptions hold. The retrospective approach described in this Guide is based on realized results only and the extent they can be attributed to the efforts of an R&D program. While it has been prepared specifically to guide retrospective benefit-cost analysis of EERE R&D Programs, this report may be used for similar analysis of other public R&D organizations.
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Product TypeReport/Plans
Num of Pages93
Document SizePDF 1.8 MB
First Received1/30/2012 4:45:05 PM
Program NameEnergy Analysis
Keywordsevaluation; economic benefits and costs; energy; environmental benefits
Print Date8/1/2011 12:00:00 AM
Product ID5534
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