IN TODAYS' TECHNOLOGICAL WORK, the evaluation of electrical connectors for the electronic industry are many times based on antiquated specifications and unrealistic performance requirements. It is the intent of this paper to explain a new method of connector evaluation. This method is based on the determination of theoretical design, permanent set, cyclic and normal force characteristics which are evaluated as to their significance as independent entities and their interrelationships. This data can be supplemented by normal force - contact resistance - separation force correlations. Proper interpretation of this data can lead to realistic specifications and performance requirements. The data can also be used for the purpose of trouble shooting as well as an important guide for further design programs.