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Criteria Analysis



Neil Christopher, Jim G. Nell


This document describes a research project to recommend a decision tool that the Manufacturing Systems Integration Division (MSID) could use during its strategic-planning process to evaluate which standards activities to support. This paper describes the criteria selected to give priority, in National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and MSID terms, to the standards activities that NIST and MSID do, or should, support. There are criteria for judging the quality of the standard itself, independent of how applicable to the NIST mission. Other criteria are designed to help MSID decide whether or not to participate in a standard's development. A computer-aided, decision-analysis tool was used to show that computer assistance would be useful to make decisions when many variables impact that decision.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6408
Report Number


criteria evaluation, information-technology standards, NIST mission criteria


Christopher, N. and Nell, J. (1999), Criteria Analysis, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created September 30, 1999, Updated October 12, 2021