Canadian Forest Service Publications

Evaluation of research and development accomplishments: Northern Forestry Centre. 1992. Moore, W.C.; Newstead, R.G. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation 7(1): 41-51.

Year: 1992

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 11291

Language: English

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Abstract

A retrospective, or hindsight, model was used to evaluate impacts and benefits of completed research and development (R&D) at the Northern Forestry Centre (NoFC) over a recent 10-year period. The evaluation included: (1) an inventory of R&D accomplishments in use with estimates of benefits; (2) client (forestry users) validation; (3) management rating of 62 accomplishments; (4) time and cost assessments; and, (5) quantified benefit compilations for a sample of six accomplishments. A conservative three-to-one benefit-to-cost ratio, over the entire NoFC R&D program costs (including services), for the 10-year period has been identified for the sample alone. The most successful R&D was client driven, with emphasis on applied R&D and technology transfer.