Through TDDP, NIHS provides an integrated, ongoing program dedicated to developing technologies that respond to needs and requirements identified by OIP and groups with which it collaborates. The TDDP process follows a cycle that begins with OIP identifying a technology development initiative. Before development work begins, TDDP assures the needs and requirements are well-defined. NIHS then organizes a development team with the capabilities to undertake and complete the initiative. At all times throughout the development phase, TDDP assures that potential end-users of the technology under development are engaged in the process, providing feedback about and assessments of the project under development at various checkpoints.