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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Workshop on Measuring Research and Development Expenditures in the U.S. Nonprofit Sector: Conceptual and Design Issues
Project Scope

An ad hoc steering committee will organize a public workshop on issues involved in measuring research and development (R&D) expenditures and related topics, such as employment of science and engineering personnel in R&D, in the nonprofit sector of the U.S. economy. The workshop will have the specific objective of identifying issues for the collection of intramural research and development expenditures by nonprofit organizations (NPOs), considering the goals, content, statistical methodology, data quality, and data products associated with this data collection. The workshop will also consider data uses and the needs of data users and the relevance and adequacy of the resulting products for meeting current and emerging data needs for information about research and development expenditures for this sector. Following the workshop, a designated rapporteur will prepare an individually-authored summary of the presentations and discussion.

Committee Members

Lester Salamon (Chair), Johns Hopkins University
Paul David, Stanford University
Donald Dillman, Washington State University
Kevin Cecco, Internal Revenue Service
Ronald Fecso, Consultant
Irwin Feller, Pennsylvania State University
Phillip Kott, RTI International
Michael Larsen, George Washington University
Susan Raymond, Changing Our World, Inc.

June 30-July 1, 2014
 Agenda R&D expenditures by nonprofit organizations are an important component of total U.S. research and development spending. The environment for R&D spending has changed since these expenditures were last directly measured in 1996. The sector has changed both quantitatively and qualitatively since then. This workshop has been developed by the National Academies for the National Science Foundation. Its goal is to highlight the types of research being done by nonprofits, and to identify issues for measuring these activities.

(Please note that the presentations included here may be subject to copyright restrictions of the individual presenters.)
 The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics 
John Gawalt,
Director, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, National Science Foundation

Nonprofit America: An Overview (2014)
Lester Salamon, Center for Civil Society Studies, Johns Hopkins

Philanthropy for Research: What Do We Know? Hint: Not Much
Susan Raymond, Changing Our World

American Cancer Society
Dan Heist and Catherine Mickle

The Sustainable Bee Club: Using Research and Development Funds to
Promote Local Bees & Queen Rearing

Karla Eisen, Prince William Regional Beekeepers Association

Hillside Family of Agencies Research Overview
Maria Cristalli, Hillside Family of Agencies

Measuring R&D in the Nonprofit Sector: The European Experience
Aldo Geuna, University of Turin

Mote Marine Laboratory - Leading the Way in Global Marine Science and Education
*Speaker Notes

Michael Crosby, Mote Marine Laboratory

Overview of IRS and SOI Exempt Organization Data Products
Paul Arnsberger, Statistics of Income, Internal Revenue Service
Nathan Dietz, National Center for Charitable Statistics, Urban Institute

Exploration of Efficient and Effective Sampling Options for Nonprofits
Phillip S. Kott, RTI International
Michael D. Larsen, George Washington University

Clarifying Categorical Concepts in a Web Survey
Cleo Redline, National Center for Education Statistics

Exploratory Interviews for the Nonprofit R&D Survey: Early Findings
Ronda Britt, NSF/NCSES

An Alternative Approach to Screening for R&D Activities
Carol House, Committee on National Statistics

Implementing a Large?Scale Random Sample Survey of 501(c)(3) Nonprofits
Jeffrey Berry, Tufts University

Approaches to Data Collection for NSF Non?Profit R&D Study
Don Dillman, Washington State University

Implementing the Survey
Ron Fecso, Consultant

Role of Nonprofit R&D in the “National Patterns of R&D” Statistics
Mark Boroush, NSF/NCSES





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