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Center Evaluation

The industry/university interactions as part of the Center activities are independently observed and formally evaluated by Professor Otto Doering.

Otto Doering picDr. Otto Doering, Professor in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, serves as Center evaluator.  He is a public policy specialist who has consulted overseas for the Ford Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, and the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia.  He served the U.S. Department of Agriculture working on the 1977 and 1990 Farm Bills.  From 1985 to 1990, Professor Doering directed Indiana's State Utility Forecasting Group projecting energy demand and long-range planning needs.  In 1997 he was the Principal Advisor to the Natural Resources Conservation Service for implementing the 1996 Farm Bill.  He teaches public policy, research methods, and the economic geography of world food and resources agriculture.  Professor Doering's recent publications include: "The Making of the 1996 Farm Act," co-authored with Lyle Schertz, and he was team leader for the economic analysis of the National Hypoxia Assessment, "Evaluation of the Economic Costs and Benefits of Methods for Reducing Nutrient Loads to the Gulf of Mexico," NOAA, 1999.  He has been a Director of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) and twice received its Distinguished Policy Contribution Award.  Professor Doering also received the AAEA's Extension Economics Teaching Award and twice received recognition for Quality of Communication.

 His functions as Center evaluator include:

Prepare an annual review of the proposed Center activities with respect to industrial collaborations for each year

Conduct a survey of Center participants to gauge participant satisfaction with Center activities

Compile a set of indicators to analyze the management and operation of the Center

Participate in Center review meetings, including those of the Industrial Advisory Board

Aid the Center Director in continually improving the Center’s performance


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