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Title: RS233-1 - Evaluation of Design Effectiveness
Publication Date: 5/1/2009
Product Type: Research Summary
Status: Supporting Product
Pages: 21
Presents up-to-date design effectiveness (DE) evaluation methodology and criteria, emphasizing the importance of proactive planning for DE. Identifies and characterizes supportive tools and processes for evaluating design effectiveness on projects of varying size and scope across all industry sectors.
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Design effectiveness is the degree to which the project design effort contributes to achieving targeted project value objectives. Simply put, effective design enhances project value, and to achieve project goals, design must be effective.

While the 1986 CII objectives matrix for design effectiveness is still valid (see Evaluation of Design Effectiveness, CII Research Summary 8-1), that publication now appears narrow in scope and does not reflect many factors that enhance design effectiveness. These factors include front end planning, planning for startup, engineering productivity metrics, value management processes, facility security, sustainability, and project performance benchmarking, among others. In today’s environment, a completed project that performs well with regard to some project objectives while missing the mark on others is seldom considered a success.

CII formed the Design Effectiveness (DE) Research Team, RT133, not only to update the DE evaluation methodology and criteria, but also to emphasize the importance of proactive planning for design effectiveness and to identify and characterize supportive tools and processes. Accomplishing this objective, this publication presents a process and a tool for evaluating design effectiveness for projects of varying size and scope across all industry sectors.