How to use the assessment tool
How do I review the data?
Search the NGM database of strategy and performance metrics — by industry
and/or criteria — and compare your assessment answers to up to three years of
- The information you entered during the assessment appears in the
- Select the study years you would like to benchmark. You can compare up to three
years of data at once.
- Select the industry you would like to benchmark (organized by NAICS), or “all” to
look at manufacturing as a whole within the U.S. If you are not familiar with
NAICS, visit the NAICS website for more information.
- Select your criteria.
- Click the “Apply criteria” button.
Apply as many criteria as you would like, but please note that we won’t display data
for three or fewer responses for any single criteria.
How do I export the data?
After you select your criteria and
click the “Apply criteria” button, you can export your findings to either an
Excel or PDF file by selecting either export buttons located in
the upper-right navigation.
Display of the data within the tool
Why is the study column displaying an asterisk “*” instead of a value?
To protect the anonymity of study respondents, MPI does not display any data
where there are three or fewer study responses.
What questions are included?
Download the latest questionnaire to see the questions included within the
From what countries are data collected?
The data displayed in this tool were collected from manufacturers located within
the United States.
What is the source of the data?
All the data were collected from the last three Next Generation Manufacturing
studies, conducted by The MPI Group.
About the Next Generation Manufacturing Study
What is the most recent study methodology?
The Next Generation Manufacturing Study was conducted using an online
questionnaire. Participants also had access to a PDF version of the
questionnaire, which could be completed and sent in by mail. A total of 375 manufacturers
participated in the study in August and September 2013. The American Small
Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC), Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEPs)
across the United States, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME),
and The Manufacturing Performance Institute (MPI) promoted the study. Responses
to the NGM Study were received by MPI, then
entered into a database, edited, and cleansed to ensure answers were plausible,
About The MPI Group
Who is MPI?
The Manufacturing Performance Institute, part of The MPI Group,
serves leaders with research, advice, and performance-targeted solutions that
provide a competitive advantage in today’s fierce marketplace. MPI combines the
disciplines of research, strategic advice, knowledge development, and hands-on
leadership to create a difference — in performance, in profits, and in the
people who make them possible.
Who to contact
Who do I contact if I am having difficulty navigating the tool or have questions?
Contact The MPI Group at +1 216.991.8390 or by email.