The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration s (PHMSA) Pipeline Safety Research and Development (R&D) Program held its first structured peer review of active research projects in February 2006 and the most recent peer review on May 2008. The peer review continues to build on an already strong and systematic evaluation process developed by PHMSA s Pipeline Safety R&D Program and certified by the Government Accountability Office. The peer review panel consisted of nine government and industry experts. Twenty nine active research projects were peer reviewed by the panelists using 21 evaluation criteria. These criteria were grouped within the following six evaluation categories: relevance, quality of design, quality of management, approach taken for transferring results to end users, coordination with other closely related programs, and quality of the results. During the May 2008 review, the average program rating was Very Effective for each of the above six evaluation categories. The average sub-criteria scoring was also rated very high and underpins these findings.
Citation: Dept. of Transportation web site
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Department of Transportation, peer review, pipeline safety, research programs