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Evaluation assessment of Rail Freight Transportation Research and Development Program

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Abstract

This report presents an evaluation assessment of the Canadian Rail Freight Transportation Research and Development (R and D) Program. The assessment was to assist in preparing for an evaluation of the Program and to stimulate a better understanding of the broader issues and problems of evaluating R and D programs. In general, the objectives of the program are aimed at improving rail freight productivity, capacity, safety, cost, and the domestic and foreign competitive position of railway suppliers. This is to be acccomplished by stimulating a stronger industry commitment to R and D and inducing investment in new technology through joint federal-industry funding and participation in rail freight R and D projects. In view of the low funding levels of the Program, it is unlikely that it will have a significant direct impact upon these ultimate objectives. Impacts will likely only be achieved through the Program's ability to stimulate increased industrial R and D and investment in new technology. A model of the Program developed in the report shows that the critical linkages between the activities and objectives of the Program are the leadership or advocacy functions performed by the Program's managers and of the results of projects supported under the  More>>
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Publication Date:
Feb 01, 1983
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
SS/MC-021983; CE-01543
Reference Number:
CANM-88-002252; EDB-88-130407
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; CANADA; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; RAIL TRANSPORT; EVALUATION; CARGO; FINANCING; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; LAND TRANSPORT; NORTH AMERICA; TRANSPORT; 320202* - Energy Conservation, Consumption, & Utilization- Transportation- Railway; 290500 - Energy Planning & Policy- Research, Development, Demonstration, & Commercialization
OSTI ID:
7034607
Research Organizations:
Supply and Services Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. Bureau of Management Consulting
Country of Origin:
Canada
Language:
English
Availability:
CANMET/TID, Energy, Mines and Resources Canada, 555 Booth St., Ottawa, Ont., Canada K1A 0G1; $0.34CAN per page, $3.40 CAN minimum.
Submitting Site:
CANM
Size:
Pages: 102
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Not Available. Evaluation assessment of Rail Freight Transportation Research and Development Program. Canada: N. p., 1983. Web.
Not Available. Evaluation assessment of Rail Freight Transportation Research and Development Program. Canada.
Not Available. 1983. "Evaluation assessment of Rail Freight Transportation Research and Development Program." Canada.
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title = {Evaluation assessment of Rail Freight Transportation Research and Development Program}
author = {Not Available}
abstractNote = {This report presents an evaluation assessment of the Canadian Rail Freight Transportation Research and Development (R and D) Program. The assessment was to assist in preparing for an evaluation of the Program and to stimulate a better understanding of the broader issues and problems of evaluating R and D programs. In general, the objectives of the program are aimed at improving rail freight productivity, capacity, safety, cost, and the domestic and foreign competitive position of railway suppliers. This is to be acccomplished by stimulating a stronger industry commitment to R and D and inducing investment in new technology through joint federal-industry funding and participation in rail freight R and D projects. In view of the low funding levels of the Program, it is unlikely that it will have a significant direct impact upon these ultimate objectives. Impacts will likely only be achieved through the Program's ability to stimulate increased industrial R and D and investment in new technology. A model of the Program developed in the report shows that the critical linkages between the activities and objectives of the Program are the leadership or advocacy functions performed by the Program's managers and of the results of projects supported under the Program; and the processes of program planning and project selection. An assessment of the Program's structure indicates that there are no significant issues that would make the evaluation of the Program or its major components inadvisable. Twelve potential evaluation questions and the basic approaches required to address each of them are presented in the report. 5 figs., 10 tabs.}
place = {Canada}
year = {1983}
month = {Feb}
}