NIST evaluates its programmatic performance over time by utilizing a diverse yet complementary set of performance indicators and measures. NIST has designed its performance evaluation system to accommodate the Institute's diverse outputs as well as to respond to the intrinsic difficulty of measuring the results of investments in scientific and technological products and services. NIST evaluates its performance and plans its work through several distinct evaluation methods: economic impact studies, peer review and other forms of external assessment, customer feedback, and quantitative output metrics. NIST reports its performance through Department of Commerce GPRA documents as well as through the NIST Financial Statements.
The following documents describe NIST's performance evaluation system and provide specific performance plans and results for individual fiscal years, as required by Congress and the Administration / OMB. As a unit of the Department of Commerce, NIST's formal performance plans and reports are included, respectively, within the annual DOC budget justification and Performance and Accountability Report.