Section 3: Project Performance Measures
Pursuant to 2 CFR 200.76 “Performance goal means a target level of performance expressed as a tangible, measurable objective, against which actual achievement can be compared, including a goal expressed as a quantitative standard, value, or rate. In some instances (e.g., discretionary research awards), this may be limited to the requirement to submit technical performance reports.”
The SPR Part II Work Program consists of all work activities planned for the fiscal year beginning September 1st thru August 31st. It is the summation of highly valued research, implementation, and technical assistance efforts that have been chosen from a rigorous project selection process. Each project is programmed within the Work Program with a funding source and a specific budget for its activities.
Each of these projects is carefully monitored on an individual basis to ensure that progress is being made, is measurable, and the results are meaningful. Projects are created with an expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) that must be reached upon project completion. Throughout the project, this TRL is tracked and projects are not allowed to proceed to implementation unless the expected TRL goals have been met. Additionally, the RTI Project Manager and supporting research staff monitors project schedules, deliverables timelines, and funding expenditures to ensure adherence to contracted expectations. The RTI Project Manager is in frequent contact with the Principal Investigator to assist with keeping the project on track and avoiding any major issues.
The submission of timely deliverables and documentation demonstrating successful performance and progression in meeting milestones is reviewed and assessed by the RTI Project Manager. This review and assessment is important to continue the required management and financial support for the project.
An Annual Performance and Expenditures Report documenting the overall research work program activities and performance is developed and distributed on an annual basis. The program performance is the aggregated results of the project level performance measures captured and monitored by the RTI Project Manager and reviewed on a monthly basis by the RTI Division Director and leadership.