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Project Title:

Developing Science, Technology, and Innovation Indicators for the Future
PIN: DBASSE-CNSTAT-10-06        

Major Unit:

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Policy and Global Affairs

Sub Unit: Committee on National Statistics
Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy

RSO: Fealing, Kaye

Subject/Focus Area: Policy for Science and Technology


Project Scope
An ad hoc panel, convened under the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT), in collaboration with the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP), proposes to conduct a study of the status of the science, technology, and innovation (STI) indicators that are currently developed and published by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). The major focus of the panel will be to assess and provide recommendations regarding the need for revised, refocused, and newly developed indicators designed to better reflect fundamental and rapid changes that are reshaping global science, technology and innovation (STI) systems. The study will address indicators development by NCSES in its role as a U.S. federal statistical agency charged with providing balanced, policy relevant but policy-neutral information to the President, federal executive agencies, the National Science Board, the Congress, and the public. The study will involve assessing the utility of STI indicators currently used or under development in the United States and by other governments and international organizations. Based on these activities, the study panel will develop a priority ordering for refining, making more internationally comparable, or developing a set of new STI indicators on which NCSES should focus, along with a discussion of the rationale for the assigned priorities. NCSES is particularly interested in the international scope of STI indicators and the need for developing new indicators that measure developments in innovative activities in the U.S. and abroad. The forward-looking aspect of this study is paramount; NCSES requests the panel’s foresight on the types of data, metrics and indicators that will be particularly influential in evidentiary policy decision-making for years to come. The panel will produce an interim report at the end of the first year of the study indicating its approach to reviewing the needs and priorities for STI indicators and a final report at the end of the study with conclusions and recommendations.

The project is sponsored by Science Resources Statistics Division, National Science Foundation.

The approximate start date for the project is 01/30/2011.

An interim report will be issued mid-way through the project and a final report will be issued at the end of the project in approximately 24 months.


 
Project Duration: 24 months    

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Committee Membership

Meetings
 Meeting 1 - 04/14/2011
 Meeting 2 - 07/11/2011
 Meeting 3 - 09/26/2011
 Meeting 4 - 02/07/2012
 Meeting 5 - 04/11/2012
 Meeting 6 - 06/12/2012
 Meeting 7 - 08/27/2012

Reports

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Improving Measures of Science, Technology, and Innovation: Interim Report
Capturing Change in Science, Technology, and Innovation: Improving Indicators to Inform Policy