Innovative Measurement Efforts
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The innovative measurement team within Evaluation Support Divison (ESD) strongly believes that good measurement is essential for making cost-effective decisions. We support state and EPA measurement efforts with technical assistance, training and grants, and strive to meet three key criteria in our work:
Is it meaningful?: We emphasize comparability and consistency in measurement
approaches to help sustain learning. We also help develop measures that gauge progress on issues that matter most to stakeholders.
Is it credible?: Effective measurement should withstand reasonable scrutiny.
NCEI promotes statistical sampling and other strategies to develop a credible and realistic picture of policy
Is it practical?: The most ambitious measurement approaches are simply
untenable when competing with a multitude of other policy priorities. We help scale measurement approaches to an agency's
decision-making needs and budgetary constraints.
Highlights of Innovative Measurement Efforts Supported by NCEI
The States Common Measures Project has enabled statistical comparisons of sector performance across several states.
The Multi-State Auto Body ERP in EPA Region 5 will take advantage of the economies of scale associated with statistics.
Hands-on statistical training workshops help novices get started quickly and confidently.
User-friendly tools make statistical planning and analysis more accessible.