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MEP Impacts


Evaluation Process


Evaluation is a key element of all NIST MEP programs and activities. Results are used to assess the effectiveness of services and their impact on the performance of client firms, and to help guide planning at both the center and network levels. By measuring short- and long-term impacts, NIST MEP can assess economic returns on the federal investment in manufacturing extension services. Many studies are finding that small manufacturers who work with their local NIST MEP center show dramatic improvements.

See an in-depth examination of the development, implications and limitations of performance measures gauging the success of individual MEP Centers in:


Developing Performance Metrics for Science and Technology Programs: The Case of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program

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