This is a brief description of studies that exemplify the methods and approaches that have been developed and used by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers in conducting integrated assessments. See the complete list of Integrated Assessment Briefs to find out more about ORNL's efforts in integrated assessment. Contact Mike Farrell ( for more information.

Institutional Performance Improvement in Developing Countries

Lowering plant and line inefficiencies can increase end-use efficiency.

How can institutional capabilities be improved in ways that will be self-sustaining and sensitive to regional, social, and cultural differences?

A fundamental requirement is human resource development through training programs.

Institutional performance improvement is fostered by linkages between institutions with similar objectives in different countries, both North to South and South to South.

Self-sustaining performance improvement depends on structural conditions that will ensure continuing motivation and rewards.

Wilbanks, T. J. 1991. Institutional issues in capacity-building for energy technology assessment. pp. 13-26. In Energy Systems, Environment and Development. U.N. Center for Science and Technology for Development.

Wilbanks, T. J. 1990. Implementing environmentally sound power sector strategies in developing countries. Annual Review of Energy 15:255-76.

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