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Current Projects

Review and Evaluation of the 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation Content and Design

An ad hoc committee will conduct an evaluation of the redesigned Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) of the U.S. Census Bureau. Begun in 1984, SIPP uniquely provides...

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Addressing Priority Technical Issues for the Next Decade of the American Community Survey
An ad hoc panel will conduct a study to address priority technical issues for the American Community Survey (ACS) as the survey enters its next decade. The panel will consider how the Census Bureau...

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Priorities for Strengthening the Scientific Foundation for Policymaking to Meet the Challenges of Aging in Latin America and the Caribbean
A committee of international experts planned and conducted a public workshop on the process of rapid aging in the Latin American and Caribbean region (LAC). The workshop included presentations and...

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Assessing Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competencies
Policymakers and the public are increasingly concerned about the rising costs of higher education, the challenge of retaining students to complete undergraduate degrees, and the employability...

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Assessing the Value of Research in Advancing National Goals
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Attracting and Retaining Students to Complete 2- and 4-year Undergraduate Degrees in STEM

 

Under the auspices of the Board on Science Education (in collaboration with the National Academy of Engineering, the Teacher Advisory Council, the Board on Life Sciences,...

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Committee for the Five Year (2009-2013) Summative Evaluation of the District of Columbia Public Schools
The National Research Council (NRC) will establish an ad-hoc committee to write a comprehensive five-year summative evaluation report for Phase Two of the initiative to evaluate the...

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Committee on the Science of Changing Behavioral Health Social Norms
The Committee on the Science of Changing Behavioral Health Social Norms will examine the evidence base for strategies to change social norms, beliefs, and attitudes related to mental...

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Communicating Chemistry in Informal Settings
The proposed activity will characterize current efforts to communicate chemistry in informal settings and draw on existing research in order to develop a framework for effective communication.  This...

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Economic and Fiscal Impact of Immigration
An ad hoc committee consisting of the leading demographic, economic and fiscal experts in the United States will conduct a study and prepare a report on the economic and fiscal impact of immigration. ...

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Evaluation of National Assessment of Educational Progress Achievement Levels
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Determinants of Recent Trends in Fertility in Sub-Saharan Africa
An ad hoc committee will plan and conduct a public workshop to explore the determinants of the slow fertility transition in sub-Saharan Africa. The workshop will include presentations...

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Forum on Open Science
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One Year after Science's Grand Challenges in Education:
Professional Empowerment of STEM Teachers Through Education Policy and Decision Making

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How People Learn 2: The Science and Practice of Learning
The influential National Research Council (NRC) report How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School is credited with spurring broad new interdisciplinary research, engaging...

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Developing Indicators for Undergraduate STEM Education
The quality of undergraduate education in the STEM fields is receiving increasing attention. There are a growing number of initiatives aimed at enhancing the STEM experiences of undergraduate...

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Learning Evolution through Human Examples
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Long-Run Macro-Economic Effects of the Aging U. S. Population
Phase II

This study builds on the report of the first study phase Aging and the Macroeconomy: Long-term Implications...

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Measuring Human Capabilities: Performance Potential of Individuals and Collectives
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Modernizing the Nation’s Crime Statistics

A panel of the National Research Council will assess and make recommendations for the development of a modern set of crime measures in the United States and the best means for...

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Modernizing the Nation’s Crime Statistics
A panel of the National Research Council will assess and make recommendations for the development of a modern set of crime measures in the United States and the best means for obtaining them. For...

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Addressing Priority Technical Issues for the Next Decade of the American Community Survey
An ad hoc panel will conduct a study to address priority technical issues for the American Community Survey (ACS) as the survey enters its next decade. The panel will consider how the Census Bureau...

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Offshore Oil and Gas Industry Safety Culture
In this project, an ad hoc committee will conduct a study to aid industry, government, and other stakeholder efforts to strengthen offshore industry safety culture. The committee will gather...

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Policy Roundtable of the Behavioral and Social Sciences
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Updating the Classification of Determinants of
the Premature Causes of Death

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Public Access to Federally-Supported Research and Development Data and Publications: Two Planning Meetings

The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (ACRA; Public Law 111-358), calls for coordination of Federal science agency research and policies related to the dissemination and long-term stewardship...

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Research Methodologies and Statistical Approaches to Understanding Driver Fatigue Factors in Motor Carrier Safety and Driver Health
An ad hoc panel will conduct a study to assess the state of knowledge about the relationship of such factors as hours of driving, hours on duty, and periods of rest to the fatigue experienced by truck...

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Review of the 2010 Census
An ad hoc panel of experts will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the statistical methods and operational procedures for the 2010 census.  The panel will address, in particular, methods and...

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Risk Management and Governance Issues in Shale Gas Development

A steering committee established by the National Research Council will organize two workshops to examine the range of social and decision-making issues in risk characterization and governance related...

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Roundtable on the Application of Social and Behavioral Science Research

The social and behavioral sciences (SBS) have made major contributions to our daily lives—and they continue to play a critical role in addressing major policy issues. The...

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The Roundtable on Crime Trends
The Roundtable discussions will focus on crime trends, such as the crime decline of the past 20 years, explore its policy and operations implications and relevance for future prevention...

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STEM Learning is Everywhere: A Convocation
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Committee on Strengthening Science Education through a Teacher Learning Continuum

Under the auspices of the Board on Science Education, in collaboration with the Teacher Advisory Council, the committee* will identify the learning needs for teachers throughout...

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Strengthening Forensic Science at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
This new study will review the progress made by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to advance forensic science research since the 2009 report, Strengthening Forensic Science...

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Strengthening Research Experiences for Undergraduate STEM Students
A committee of 14 experts from a wide range of fields will examine what is known about undergraduate STEM students’ participation in research experiences. The committee will...

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Successful Out-of-School STEM Learning: A Consensus Study
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Sustainability Science: Can Earth’s and Society’s Systems Meet the Needs of 10 Billion People?

An ad hoc committee, appointed under the auspices of DBASSE (BECS and CPOP) working together with DELS (BLS), will plan and conduct a public workshop that will feature invited...

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The Context of Military Environments: Social and Organizational Factors
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The Integration of Immigrants into American Society

The study will facilitate a more informed and fact-based discussion of the issues surrounding current immigration in the U.S. It will summarize what we know about how immigrants...

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The Science of Team Science

The NRC will conduct a consensus study on the science of team science to recommend opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of collaborative research in science teams, research centers, and institutes....

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Research Methodologies and Statistical Approaches to Understanding Driver Fatigue Factors in Motor Carrier Safety and Driver Health
An ad hoc panel will conduct a study to assess the state of knowledge about the relationship of such factors as hours of driving, hours on duty, and periods of rest to the fatigue experienced by truck...

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Workshop on Measuring Research and Development Expenditures in the U.S. Nonprofit Sector: Conceptual and Design Issues

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...

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