Data Standards for Needs Assessment

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The newly designed needs assessment form conforms with the RTI standard form that is being used to collect data from customers.

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Data Element
Type
Required
(Y/N)
Value
Description
Note
1
Title of Need
Text
Y
-
A short title that describes the technology need (less than 125 characters including spaces)
Used for keyword extraction
2
Need Description
Text
Y
-
Clear, simple and complete one or two-sentence description
Used for keyword extraction
3
Need Type
Text
(Multiple
Selection)
Y
  • Technology for new product development
  • Technology to solve product problem
  • Technology to solve process issue
  • Technology skills/specialty resource
Scouting need time
Not used for search
4
Time/Priority of need
Text
Y
-
Time frame for finding the solution of the need
Not used for search
5
Technical Challenges
Text
Y
-
What is the problem/issue and why can't it currently by solved
Not used for search
6
How solution will be used
Text
Y
-
What internal (product/process/development) and/or external (supplier/customer/user/partner) factors
impact implementation
Not used for search
7
Supporting Documents
File
(Multiple Selection)
N
-
Supporting documentation or information that will assist in the technology scouting effort. This may include
current product/process specifications, standards, documentation on previously tried solutions, etc.
Any file type - drawing, picture, doc file
can be uploaded
8
Permission to post to networks
Enum
(Unique
Selection)
Y
  • Yes
  • No
Permission given by client to post a technology need request to networks
Not used for search
9
Solution Spaces
Text N -
Possible fundamental approaches, analog solutions, parallel industries etc.
Can be multivalued. Each of the texts will map to a new keyword to search
10
Additional Keywords
Text N - Known/common industry or technical terminology, synonyms, etc.
Can be multivalued. Each of the texts will map to a new keyword to search
11
Solutions/Options already tried
Text N
-
What are they, why are they unacceptable, and where/how can they be found
Not used for search
12
Competitive Sensitivities
Text
N - What information is confidential (e.g. company name, end product pricing) or which contacts should be avoided
(e.g. competitors, suppliers)
Not used for search
13
Technology Criteria
Text
(Multiple Selection)
N
- What are the technical attributes of the solution/source sought: e.g., physical/ chemical etc., properties, performance criteria, material/process type; maturity; registrations/certifications, qualifications/capabilities?
For each of the criteria ,
"Name" contains the criteria name
"Description" contains a short description of criteria
"Option" has to be one of these: must, could ,should
14
Business Criteria
Text
(Multiple Selection)
N -
What are the business considerations that a solution/source must meet: e.g., cost, time frames, volumes/quantities, market/competitive/geographical factors
For each of the criteria ,
"Name" contains the criteria name
"Description" contains a short description of criteria
"Option" has to be one of these: must, could ,should
15
Adoption Criteria
Text
(Multiple Selection)
N -
What internal constraints exist for adopting the solution/source sought: e.g. skills, resources, developmental funds, facilities, safety, time frame; or external partner/ user/ application constraints/requirements
For each of the criteria ,
"Name" contains the criteria name
"Description" contains a short description of criteria
"Option" has to be one of these: must, could ,should
16
Preferred Solution Provider/Source Type
Text
(Multiple Selection)
N
  • Technology provider
  • Development partner
  • Custom supplier
  • Experts/specialist
  • Other
Preference for the type of solution provider the company is looking for
Not used for searching
17
Search Resources
Text
N
-
Known trade and industry associations, experts, organizations, tools, references, certifications, databases etc.
Not used for search
18
Technology Abstract
Text
N
-
A non-disclosing description of the technology sought
Used for keyword extraction
19
Cause of Challenge
Text
N
-
How did the technical challenge arise or become apparent
Not used for search
20
Impact of Challenge to Company
Text
N
-
How will the company benefit from a solution, source, or new option
Not used for search
21
Business Opportunity
Text
N
-
The business motivation for addressing the problem/issue.
Not used for search
22
Goal of Scouting Project
Text
N
-
Desired outcome/goal for this scouting project
Not used for search
23
Scouting Limitations/Boundaries
Text
N
-
Geographical constraints, bound on the number of solution spaces, sectors, sources, or options not to consider
Not used for search
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