More Improvements Can Be Made in HUD's Research and Technology Activities

CED-80-134: Published: Aug 29, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1980.

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A recently completed review of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) research and technology activities focused on those activities initiated within the past 3 years. To achieve a variety of objectives, the HUD Office of Policy Development and Research (PDR) conducts extremely diverse research which includes hundreds of projects spread among many subject areas.

Positive steps taken to strengthen the research and technology program include improved in-house research capabilities, better product dissemination, and improved management procedures. Progress has also been made in achieving a more focused and responsive research program. However, further progress is limited by the fragmentary nature of the research. Some dissatisfaction still exists among the many HUD and non-HUD user groups due to the lack of specific and meaningful research objectives clearly defining how and to what extent HUD research will address user needs. More attention is needed to involve program offices in research planning and management, to improve the selection of procurement instruments, and to develop a self-evaluation system.

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