A strong R&D enterprise means building upon existing best practices to promote scientific and technological excellence and pursuing the R&D necessary to improve NOAA's science, service, and stewardship responsibilities. Strengthening science also means managing R&D effectively, which comprises actively planning, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on the Agency’s R&D to ensure that the Nation obtains a sustained return on its investment aligned with NOAA's strategic goals and objectives. Greater detail on this can be found in NOAA’s Administrative Order on Strengthening the R&D Enterprise. As with all other aspects of NOAA’s mission, R&D is conducted within NOAA’s Strategy Execution and Evaluation (SEE) system. Strategy-based performance management, an iterative process of implementation planning, budgeting, execution, and evaluation, applies the evaluation results to subsequent planning, budgeting, and execution.
Strengthening R&D also encompasses coordinating across NOAA and with NOAA's partners, exchanging information amongst scientists and clearly communicating the scope and value of NOAA's R&D to others. A strong scientific enterprise, like any robust system, is determined not only by the quality of its components, but also the quality of their connections.