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Evaluating Individual Projects and the Portfolio of Completed Projects in the Advanced Technology Program



Stephanie S. Shipp, C Chang, Lorel E. Wisniewski


The Advanced Technology Program (ATP) represents one of the principal efforts of the U.S. government to proactively foster technological innovation. The ATP provides funding to bring emerging technologies to the stage of prototype development. This report describes the Composite Performance Rating System (CPRS) used to analyze the Advanced Technology Program's individual projects and portfolio of completed projects. The CPRS is designed to assess projects and assigns the weakest projects zero stars and the strongest projects four stars. The calculations that translate into star ratings are based on uniformly compiled output and outcome data drawn from mini case studies conducted for each ATP project two to three years after ATP funding ends. The input data to the CPRS are chosen to reflect ATP's success in three dimensions: (1) adding to the nation's scientific and technical knowledge base, (2) disseminating knowledge to others beyond the direct award recipients, and (3) commercializing new and improved products and processes from the technology platform established by the project. Combined with the descriptive case study, the CPRS quantifies the performance of each project and, by aggregating the individual scores, provides an evaluation of the portfolio of ATP projects.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) -


case study, commercialization progress, knowledge creation, knowledge dissemination, program evaluation, spillovers


Shipp, S. , Chang, C. and Wisniewski, L. (2017), Evaluating Individual Projects and the Portfolio of Completed Projects in the Advanced Technology Program, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed June 22, 2024)


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Created February 19, 2017