(PRWEB) October 20, 2004
A new book for the nation's research directors and funding officials at universities, government and corporate sponsors, focuses on evaluation of success and accountability of scientific organizations.
"The Payoff-Evaluating, Research Centers, Institutes, Laboratories, and Consortia for Success!" is a comprehensive guide for evaluating and reporting about scientific, medical bio-medical, and technology, research and development organizations.
Released in August by SciPolicy Publications (http://SciPolicy.net) of Haverford Pennsylvania, "THE PAYOFF" is now being used at many of the nations research organizations. It provides research administrators, directors, and funding officials with managable way of meeting rising demands for accountability of research.
The U.S government spends over $21 billion a year for medical, basic, and applied research and development at universities. The large government funding amount plus the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) are causing demands that publicly funded research centers and institutes be accountable for the progress and outcomes of their work.
According to authors William Tash, PhD and Stephen Miles Sacks, Ph.D. The book is geared for the the 15,000 research centers and institutes in the US that are receiving university, government, and corporate sponsorship and funding.
"In the milieu of cross and conflicting demands, measuring research performance is easier said than done. Scientists, research administrators, college Deans, and funding source officials, need efficient tools to accurately assess and report on the degree of success of research investments, presently and in the foreseeable future."
"Research Directors and Administrators are finding that THE PAYOFF provides them with the means to convey the value of their research organizations in terms of outcomes and benefits to the home base organization, its funding sources, other important stakeholders."
The book is published in both print (200 pages, 8 1/2 X 11 inches, paperback) and on-line editions (http://The Payoff.net). It is based on a national study of almost 300 research centers and includes a guidelines, operational and performance ratios to compare an individual center to the national norms.
"The book is a very valuable addition to the science of evaluation research. The authors have pulled together a unique set of information about how centers can be evaluated" - Mel Kollander, Director, Washington Office - Institute for Survey Research, Temple University.
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