Agricultural Research Service

2020 Animal Health National Program Assessment and Priorities Evaluation Form

Welcome to the ARS Animal Health National Program Assessment and Priorities Survey. We really appreciate you taking the time to take this survey. ARS conducts National Program Assessments every five-years, so your input is extremely important to our program's accountability. ARS is charged with extending the Nation's scientific knowledge with research projects in agriculture, human nutrition, food safety, natural resources, the environment, and other topics affecting the Nation.  Research projects at the ARS are managed within 15 national programs.  Animal Health is one of those national programs.   Your response to this survey will allow ARS to assess the progress and impact of our animal health research program.  If you would like more information on the animal health national program, goals, expected outcome, and concrete examples of accomplishments during the last five-years, please visit our web site: https://www.ars.usda.gov/animal-production-and-protection/animal-health/docs/retrospective-assessment/

For the purpose of this assessment, impact is defined as research that has or will significantly influence the field of science (e.g., virology, immunology), led to the development of tools to predict, prevent or respond to disease outbreaks, or enabled action and regulatory agencies to formulate actions, policies and regulations to support American agriculture.

There are 14 questions asking you to rate the impact of the program and identify priorities.  The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. The information you provide will be kept strictly confidential by our Office of the Chief Information Officer by separating the data from any identifying characteristics. Please note there are required fields on this survey. In order for the results to provide targeted information, the survey will remind you to fill in these fields, if you skip them. At the end of the survey you will have a chance to add comments on matters of concern to you that may not be asked specifically in the survey.

 According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB number.  The valid OMB control number for this information collection is 0518-0042.  The time required to complete this information is estimated at 15 minutes per response due to the averaging of check boxes and test fields.

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* 1. Please indicate your primary affiliation

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* 2. Please identify your organization (e.g., U. of Minnesota)

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* 3. How would you rate the overall impact the ARS Animal Health Nation Program has had in the last five years?

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* 4. Please indicate the commodity you work with most frequently:

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* 5. Please indicate the five most important diseases for the commodity you work with most frequently (e.g., African Swine Fever, Trichinellosis)

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* 6. Please rate the impact the ARS Animal Health National Program has had in the commodity area you work with most frequently, for example, Poultry:

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* 7. Please indicate the 10 most important diseases currently affecting or that have the potential of affecting (i.e., foreign animal diseases) animal agriculture in the United States:

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* 8. Please rate the impact the ARS Animal Health National Program has had on the most important diseases currently affecting, or that have the potential of affecting, animal agriculture in the United States:

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* 9. As we plan the future direction of our research program for the next 5 years, what are our strengths and what activities or research should ARS continue to have maximum impact? Please write your answer below:

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* 10. What activities or research programs should ARS discontinue that have little or no impact? Please write your answer below:

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* 11. Are there any research areas or problems of high national priority that the ARS Animal Health National Program is not currently working on but should. Please write them below.

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* 12. Would you recommend a career in the ARS Animal Health National Program to young scientists?

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* 13. How do you use the ARS Animal Health National Program web site https://www.ars.usda.gov/animal-production-and-protection/animal-health/?

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* 14. Please add any additional comments that you feel will be useful to us regarding your experience with the ARS Animal Health National Program below.

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