RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA United States
This report describes a proposed method for improving the ability of the Department of Defense DoD to monitor and track the transfer of technology from the Defense Laboratory Enterprise to its customers. The proposed method is based upon mapping aspects of technology transfer activities into a logic model framework to develop a definition of technology transfer success that can be applied to laboratory research and development R and D. Using this approach, measures can be developed to monitor and track successful technology transfers. An illustrative example of the method for documenting technology transfer is provided. The example is not intended to be comprehensive or detailed, but rather to point out the types of questions and data that a laboratory might use to track and monitor the transfer of its technologies and judge its success. This method should be of interest to those who manage or oversee DoD laboratories and to others who manage R and D enterprises both in the federal government and in the private sector. The report might also be of interest to R and D customers, such as technology and system developers, and providers of deployable military capabilities who seek to better understand and improve their relationships with the enterprises that they rely on for R and D innovations. The report may also provide motivation and guidance for laboratory managers and researchers to collect and analyze the data for documenting their technology transfer successes and to engage in continuous improvement of their technology transfer processes.