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Coordinating and Sustaining Federal Statistics

Decennial Census and American Community Survey

Economic Measurement

Federal Household and Business Surveys

Health and Social Welfare

Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency

Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Indicators

Statistical Methods and Estimates for Policy Use

Developing Science, Technology, and Innovation Indicators for the Future
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.

Dr. Robert E. Litan (Co-Chair) - The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Mr. Andrew W. Wyckoff (Co-Chair) - Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Dr. Carter Bloch - University of Aarhus
Dr. Nicholas Chrisman - Universite Laval
Dr. Carl J. Dahlman - Georgetown University
Dr. Geoff Davis - Google, Inc.
Dr. Katharine G. Frase - International Business Machines Corporation
Dr. Barbara M. Fraumeni - University of Southern Maine
Dr. Richard B. Freeman - Harvard University
Dr. Frederick D. Gault - United Nations University
Mr. David Goldston - Natural Resources Defense Council
Dr. Michael Mandel - University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of
Dr. John E. Rolph - University of Southern California
Dr. Leland Wilkinson - SYSTAT Software, Inc.
For more information, see the complete record at the National Academies' Current Project site

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