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Printed June 1998
An Evaluation of Technical Review of Federal Laboratory Research:
Findings From a US Department of Energy Technical Review Pilot
Pulse Power Program, Sandia National Laboratories
Solar Thermal Electric Program, Sandia and National Renewable Energy Laboratories
Gretchen Jordan, Computational Reactive Processes, 8345
Glenn Kuswa, Enhanced Surveillance and Data, 12365
John Mortensen, Computational Reactive Processes, 8345
Sandia National Laboratories
P. O. Box 5800
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185-0708
Recommendations for improving the process for expert panel reviews of technical and
programmatic aspects of science and technology programs are provided based on an
evaluation study of pilot reviews for two programs at Sandia National Laboratories.
These reviews were part of a larger Technical Review Pilot for the U.S. Department of
Energy (DOE). Both the Sandia Pulse Power program and Solar Thermal Electric
program (a virtual lab with NREL) reviews used the recommended four DOE review
criteria, but motivation for the review and the review process differed. These differences
provide insight into recommendations for ways to improve the review of DOE's multi-
faceted technical programs. Recommendations are: 1) Review when the program has
specific need for information or validation. There is no "one size fits all" correct time or
reason to review technical programs. 2) Tailor the four DOE criteria to the program and
its need for information and explain them to the Review Panel. 3) Pay attention to the
review process. Spend more time in preparation and pre-review and on briefings on the
review outcomes. 4) Evaluate reviews to determine how to do them better. The survey
instrument is provided for those who wish to modify it for their own use.
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Jordan, G.; Kuswa, G. & Mortensen, J. An evaluation of technical review of federal laboratory research: Findings from a US Department of Energy technical review pilot, report, June 1, 1998; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc712479/m1/4/: accessed April 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.