A Value Framework for Science and Technology Projects – A Case Study

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Authors
  1. Luoma, G.
  2. Vallerand, A.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
A framework to describe and assess “Value” has been elaborated. Value is taken as associated with “Measures of Impact”, measures that many S&T programs wish to be in a position to document from their outputs. Strategically, the framework also distinguishes between potential value (available but not exploited and sustained) and realized value (exploited by operators or end users) or even lost value. To verify and validate this value-based framework, existing data from a Case study, the CBRN Research Technology Initiative (CRTI) Call for Proposals #5-#9 projects have been used. To simplify the task, “Measures of Performance” normally associated with schedule, budget and scope of the project were not included in the assessment to encourage a specific focus on value and the “Impact” related measures: the logic that has been applied here is that although a well-managed project is important, if it generates no impact, it provides little value to clients. The premise of this effort is that S&T projects can be not only mapped but assessed for Value based on various measures of “impact” using the present Value Framework approach. Preliminary data from a Case Study of Call for Proposals #5-9 Projects (N=98) of the CRTI program indicate that all of them easily map first and foremost to the 2 types of S&T Outputs: documents (i.e. advice) or technology (i.e. sensor). Further, all of the outputs of the above projects easily mapped to one of the 5 Types of Value by consi

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Keywords
Performance Measurement;Value Added;Impact on Outcomes;Programme Evaluation
Report Number
DRDC-CSS-TM-2013-013 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Sep 2013
Number of Pages
46
DSTKIM No
CA037965
CANDIS No
537917
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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