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Research Quality and Use

Because much of our work examines how behavioral and social science research findings can inform public policy, we seek to ensure that this transfer of knowledge happens effectively. So we also study ways to improve the process by which research informs public policy, exploring questions such as: How can researchers, organizations and agencies ensure that the social science evidence that informs policy is of high quality? And what are the pressing policy questions that should help drive research agendas in various disciplines?  See also:

Current Projects

Future Directions for the National Science Foundation National Patterns of Research and Development

An ad-hoc committee will conduct a public workshop to review and consider future directions for the national patterns of research and development program of the Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) of the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Read more

Featured Reports

Using Science as Evidence in Public Policy



This report encourages scientists to think differently about the use of scientific evidence in policy making. It investigates why scientific evidence is important in policy making and argues that an expensive body of research knowledge utilization has not let to any widely accepted explanation of what it means to use science in public policy.  Read more


Using the American Community Survey to Expand Access to School Meals Programs



This report says that using this data from the U.S. Census Bureau could reduce the amount of time and resources spent by schools and families to participate in the programs and potentially increase the number of eligible children who receive nutritious meals each day.  Read more


Deterrence and the Death Penalty



This report concludes that research to date on the effect of capital punishment on homicide rates is not useful in determining whether the death penalty increases, decreases or has no effect on these rates.  Read more



Other Reports of Interest

Budgeting for Immigration Enforcement: A Path to Better Performance  (CLAJ)

Immigration enforcement is carried out by a complex legal and administrative system, operating under frequently changing legislative mandates and policy guidance, with authority and funding spread... Read more

Industrial Methods for the Effective Development and Testing of Defense Systems  (CNSTAT,BAST)

During the past decade and a half, the National Research Council, through its Committee on National Statistics, has carried out a number of studies on the application of statistical methods to improve... Read more

Review of Disability and Rehabilitation Research: NIDRR Grantmaking Processes and Products  (BOHSI)

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) is the principal federal agency supporting applied research, training, and development to improve the lives of individuals with... Read more

Communicating Science and Engineering Data in the Information Age  (CNSTAT,CSTB)

The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) communicates its science and engineering (S&E) information to data users in a very fluid... Read more

Allocating Federal Funds for State Programs for English Language Learners  (CNSTAT,BOTA)

As the United States continues to be a nation of immigrants and their children, the nation's school systems face increased enrollments of students whose primary language is not English. With the 2001... Read more

Change and the 2020 Census: Not Whether But How  (CNSTAT)

Sponsored by the Census Bureau and charged to evaluate the 2010 U.S. census with an eye toward suggesting research and development for the 2020 census, the Panel to Review the 2010 Census uses this... Read more

High School Dropout, Graduation, and Completion Rates:Better Data, Better Measures, Better Decisions  (BOTA)

High school graduation and dropout rates have long been used as indicators of educational system productivity and effectiveness and of social and economic well being. While determining these rates may... Read more

Databases for Estimating Health Insurance Coverage for Children: A Workshop Summary  (CNSTAT)

This report summarizes the proceedings of a workshop convened in June 2010 to critically examine the various databases that could provide national and state-level estimates of low-income uninsured... Read more

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