Welcome to Testscience.org! This site is dedicated to the idea that proper methods are the foundation of successful testing and defensible results, and the knowledge should be transparent and accessible to the whole community. The material is developed by members of the IDA Test Science Team and the Science of Test Research Consortium, who work together to develop techniques, methods, tools, and best practices for the Defense and Aerospace communities.
The IDA Test Science Team is part of IDA’s Operational Evaluation Division (OED), which promotes independent, unbiased, and defensible test design and analysis techniques. These techniques support informed decisions about weapons system effectiveness, suitability, and survivability. IDA develops statistical methodologies that evaluate military systems in realistic operational environments, ensuring that American warfighters understand the capabilities of the systems fielded to them. The Test Science team at IDA provided the educational material and interactive tools that make up the core of this website. The Science of Test research consortium is collaboratively funded by DOT&E and the Test Resource Management Center (TRMC). The research consortium includes the Naval Postgraduate School, Rochester Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, Florida State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Arizona State University, Air Force Institute of Technology, and the University of Arkansas. It was created to address the unique challenges of applying statistical design and analysis methods to DoD testing. Focus areas include experimental design, reliability analysis, Bayesian methods, and live, virtual, constructive (LVC) methods.
Funding for this effort is provided by the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E), and the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA).