The evaluation to prepare the 2003 standard certificates involved many people andmuch time. Special thanks are due to particular individuals for guiding and supportingthe project through its course. Patricia W. Potrzebowski, Ph.D., Chairperson of theParent Group showed insight, patience, and good humor in planning and conductingPanel meetings and in evaluating this report. Much credit is also due to the SubgroupChairpersons, Dorothy S. Harshbarger, Alvin T. Onaka, Ph.D., Lorne A. Phillips,Ph.D., Michael R. Lavoie, and Steven Schwartz, Ph.D., and other Parent Group andsubgroup members, who reviewed the standard certificates and made final decisionsconcerning the content of the documents and changes in procedure.The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Resource staff also merit specialthanks, for they provided support to the Parent Group and subgroups, developed thefinal worksheets and certificates, and drafted substantial sections of this report. Mary Anne Freedman, Director of the Division of Vital Statistics, NCHS, helped keep theParent Group on track with timely comments and advice concerning the objectives of the evaluation. George A. Gay and Julia L. Kowaleski ably steered the effort from itsinception to conclusion.Consultants at Laurel Consulting Group also deserve acknowledgment, for theysupported the project from beginning to end. Credit goes to Alicia Simmons for managing the effort, Jennifer Gormley for handling all logistical arrangements, andSteven Simmons and Angela Saunders for providing minutes of each Panel meetingand sections of the final report.