CSID Director, Robert Frodeman, will be attending a workshop at NSF Headquarters in Washington D.C., Monday-Tuesday, April 18-19, 2011 regarding the Measuring the Impacts of Federal Investments in Research.
The two-day workshop is organized to aid in identifying analytical data needs & opportunities in assessing the returns to federal research funding across a wide range of fields and government missions.
The meeting is targeted for:
- Federal agency research evaluators
- Congressional staff with research jurisdictions
- Science funding advocates
- Science of science policy scholars
- Other academics
Questions to be discussed include:
- What have we learned from previous efforts to measure the economic and noneconomic benefits of federal research investments?
- What are the links between health research and health outcomes and costs?
- Can we measure the impact of research on non-market values such as climate change mitigation, food security, environmental protection, and national security?
- What progress has been made in constructing a long-term data infrastructure for measuring research impacts? Can approaches such as STAR Metrics be broadened to encompass different performers and funding mechanisms?
- What methods and metrics are being used in Europe, Latin America, and elsewhere?
- What metrics and data are needed to track career choices and career development of STEM graduates trained with research funds?
- How might we assess the influence of research on formal (e.g., regulatory, judicial) and informal (e.g., consumer, patient) decision-making?
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