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The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) conducts program evaluations to assess whether programs are meeting planned goals and achieving commercialization and market results. Evaluations identify opportunities for efficient and effective management of public investments. Evaluations also identify opportunities to improve programs to more effectively and efficiently manage public investments.

This website provides information and resources to guide EERE Technology Offices and others through the program evaluation process and also describes EERE and Federal Government requirements for program evaluation.

Program evaluation is...

A systematic assessment using quantitative and/or qualitative data and analysis methods to answer specific questions about current or past programs, with the intent to assess their effectiveness and efficiency. Often, the term “program evaluation” and “evaluation” are used synonymously. Evaluations include the following:

  • Systematic outcome and impact studies to assess whether a program is achieving its goals, and why, or why not.
  • Periodic assessments of a program's progress, including process implementation studies to determine where and how to make improvements, improve efficiencies and ensure that the program is running as planned.

As a tool to support good management practice, evaluation helps inform key planning and budget decisions and enables managers to determine if adjustments are needed in program design to improve the rate or quality of achievement relative to the committed resources. Evaluations also help offices quantify achieved impacts.

Evaluation Processes

Learn the step-by-step processes for planning and conducting impact evaluations
Learn the steps for conducting an in-progress peer review.

Featured Evaluation Publications

Evaluation of U.S. DOE Small Business Vouchers Pilot Early Stage Outcomes and Impacts
Evaluation of U.S. DOE Small Business Vouchers Pilot, Early Stage Outcomes and Impacts, Round 1, 2, & 3 Awardees, Final Report, November 27, 2018.
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Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Reports
Reports summarize the comments of expert peer reviewers at the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting.
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Benefit-Cost Evaluation of U.S. Department of Energy Investment in HVAC, Water Heating, and Appliance Technology
This study conducted a benefit-cost impact evaluation of the research and development activities of the Building Technologies Office on investments in
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Evaluating Realized Impacts of DOE/EERE R&D Programs 2014 Final Report

Evaluating Realized Impacts of DOE/EERE R&D Programs, Standard Impact Evaluation Method, from the U.S. Department of Energy, September 2014.

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