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Title: Design of the National Impact Evaluation for the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program

Abstract

The U.S. Department of Energy is undertaking a new national evaluation of its Weatherization Assistance Program. Following the evaluation plan developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, four studies will be performed to evaluate the Program as it was implemented in PY 2006: an impact assessment, a process assessment, special technical studies, and a synthesis study. This paper describes how the evaluation's research questions were identified and discusses the plans for implementing the impact assessment and special technical studies.

Authors:
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  1. ORNL
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Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
932070
DOE Contract Number:
DE-AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 2007 International Energy Program Evaluation Conference, Chicago, IL, USA, 20070814, 20070816
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; US DOE; BUILDINGS; WEATHERIZATION; FINANCING; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; ECONOMIC IMPACT; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT

Citation Formats

Ternes, Mark P, Schweitzer, Martin, Schmoyer, Richard L, Tonn, Bruce Edward, and Eisenberg, Joel Fred. Design of the National Impact Evaluation for the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Ternes, Mark P, Schweitzer, Martin, Schmoyer, Richard L, Tonn, Bruce Edward, & Eisenberg, Joel Fred. Design of the National Impact Evaluation for the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program. United States.
Ternes, Mark P, Schweitzer, Martin, Schmoyer, Richard L, Tonn, Bruce Edward, and Eisenberg, Joel Fred. Mon . "Design of the National Impact Evaluation for the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program". United States. doi:.
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