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what cannot be measured; an evaluation of the extent to which a common analytic paradigm(s) could be used across agencies for assessing the results of extramural and intramural research programs and training and education of the scientific and engineering workforce; development of such a paradigm if feasible; and development of implementation principles and guidelines that could assist Congress and OMB in their review of agency's performance plans.
Work to develop mechanisms to evaluate the actual impact of implementation of the Act on agency programmatic decisions and on the practices of research, identify lessons learned from implementation, identify best practices that could be used by other agencies or programs, and determine the most effective way for Congress and OMB to use the results of these plans. It will test out those mechanisms to the extent feasible during this timeframe.