Program Evaluation


Assessing the Effectiveness of a Concurrent Impact Evaluation Process

Assessing the Effectiveness of a Concurrent Impact Evaluation Process

Leaving the Rearview Mirror Behind: Assessing the Effectiveness of a Concurrent Impact Evaluation Process Betsy Ricker and Nick Collins, ERS, and Cheryl Glanton and Carley Murray, NYSERDA Presented at the 2015 IEPEC. Image credit: tinabold A traditional post-installation impact evaluation of industrial energy efficiency programs is conducted several years after the completion of energy projects. Because


Lessons Learned from a Successful Efficiency Program

Better Buildings Neighborhood Program Offers Lessons for Energy Efficiency Energy Manager Today, September 24, 2015. Image credit: PublicDomainPictures The Department of Energy’s detailed warts-and-all evaluation of its $500 million stimulus-funded Better Buildings Neighborhood Program (BBNP) — an innovative initiative to explore the potential for new marketing strategies and program designs to encourage building energy upgrades that result in

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Are Low-Income Customers More Responsive to Energy Efficiency Programs?

Want your energy efficiency program to succeed? Aim it at poor people Grist, September 1, 2015. Image credit: geralt So, say you are a government, and you want to persuade people to conserve electricity — because using less energy is one of the easiest ways out there to fight climate change. You could institute something like


MIT Awarded $4 Million Grant to Design & Trial Energy-Saving Travel Program

MIT awarded Dept. of Energy grant to create and deploy energy-saving travel information and incentives system MIT News, August 6, 2015. Image credit: WikimediaImages The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced that MIT researchers, along with colleagues from the University of Massachusetts (UMass), received a $3,990,128 grant to design, build, and

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The Energy Efficiency Debate – Cost vs. Savings

Solving the Energy Efficiency Quandary MIT Technology Review, July 8, 2015. Image credit: PeteLinforth That debate has gotten hotter since the release, in late June, of a study by researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley. Entitled Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver? Evidence from the Weatherization Assistance Program, the study examined


Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification: The Value of Energy Efficiency

Measuring and Verifying Energy Efficiency ACHR News, July 13, 2015. Image credit: DomenicBlair Accurately measuring and verifying energy efficiency not only ensures a job was done correctly, but it also shows customers they’re getting exactly what they paid for. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), providing evidence of real and reliable savings


Shining a Light on the Real Issues with the E2e Weatherization Study

The E2e weatherization study: generating more heat than light ACEEE, July 2, 2015. Image credit: geralt Methodology First, parts of this study use an experimental research design called a randomized controlled trial, where researchers define a pool of eligible customers and randomly assign some of the eligible customers to a treatment group and some to a

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Why the E2e Study Reinforces the Importance of Field Testing & Program Evaluation

Gita Subramony for Zondits, July 1, 2015. Image credit: Jeff Perkins A new study examines the cost-effectiveness of Michigan’s low-income Weatherization Assistance Program. The study concluded that the program in Michigan did help families reduce energy usage by 10%–20%, but that the program only saved $2,400 per household on average compared with costs of about