PHASE I [Time estimates]DEVELOP & REVIEW TOOLS AND METRICS
Launch NRC Study [Months 1-4]Conclude contracts Secure Academy GBEC Approval Select Steering Committee Identify members and agree on initial contracts for Research Team Secure approval of Steering Committee
Convene Initial Symposium & Working Groups [Months 5-8]Host Initial Symposium to launch project and help identify issues, commonalities, and unique features of agency programs. Convene a series of meetings between the research group, agency representatives, and program officers, and other interested parties to review the study's overall methodology, to address unique agency objectives, practices and metrics, and to address the specific issues identified in the legislation.
Develop Strategy and Research Tools [Months 9-12]Develop survey evaluation framework including sampling strategy, appropriate survey instruments including target populations (e.g. small business awardees, agency employees, etc.), case study templates, and an analysis plan.
Review [Months 13-16]Consult with small business representatives. Review instruments with agency representatives and research team. Finalize methodologies with research team and Steering Committee. Submit overall methodology and survey evaluation framework for the external peer review. Complete peer review of overall methodology and evaluation framework.
Phase IIRESEARCH, REFINE, REVIEW, AND REPORT
Field Research & Empirical Analysis [Months 17-27]Organize tasking of research team Commission Research Facilitate and follow-up on field interviews and surveys Commission independent empirical analyses to review results Produce, Review, Publish &
Publicize Field Research [Months 28-36]Evaluate and cross-check survey results and commissioned work Discuss results with agencies for comment Convene symposium (s) based on study outcomes.

From: C, Memorandum of Understanding

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An Assessment of the Small Business Innovation Research Program: Project Methodology.
National Research Council (US) Committee on Capitalizing on Science, Technology, and Innovation: An Assessment of the Small Business Innovation Research Program.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2004.
Copyright © 2004, National Academy of Sciences.

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