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Measuring the Impacts of Federal Investments in Research
April 18-19, 2011
20 F Street N.W. Conference Center
Washington, D.C. 20001
MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011
7: 30 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8: 15 AM
Introductions and Workshop Objectives
Neal Lane, Co-Chair; University Professor, Rice University
Bronwyn Hall, Co-Chair; Professor, University of California, Berkeley and University of Maastricht
8:30 AM
Welcome Address: The Honorable Rush Holt (D-NJ), U.S. House of Representatives
Introduced by: Neal Lane, Co-Chair
8:45 AM
Session I: Promise and Limits of Measuring the Impact of Federally Supported Research
What have we learned from previous efforts to measure the economic impact of federal research investments? What approaches and metrics are more and less promising? What are the noneconomic factors that could be used as alternative measures of the impact of federal research?
Moderator: Alfred Spector, Vice-President, Google, Inc.
Commissioned Paper Presentation: Irwin Feller, Professor Emeritus, Economics, Pennsylvania State University
Commentator: Daniel Sarewitz, Professor of Science and Society, Arizona State University
9: 30 AM 
10:00 AM
10:15 AM
Session II: Aggregate Impact of Federally-Supported Research on the U.S. Economy and Quality of Life
What do we know about or how could we determine the contributions of public research to: GDP and productivity? Wages and employment? Private sector R&D and innovation? Is there any basis for setting a target for aggregate research expenditures?
Moderator: Bronwyn Hall, Co-Chair
Carol Corrado, Senior Advisor and Research Director in Economics, The Conference Board
Bruce Weinberg, Professor of Economics and Public Administration, Ohio State University
Michael Roach, Assistant Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina
11:15 AM
11:45 AM
12:30 PM
Session III: Funding and Impact of Biomedical and Health Research
What are the links between publicly funded research, biomedical innovation, and health outcomes and costs? Are there metrics that could help policy-makers strengthen those linkages? What have we learned about the effects of fluctuations in the National Institutes of Health funding over the past decade and how to manage future funding changes? How do private firms and philanthropic organizations gauge the results of their health-related research investments?
Moderator: Neal Lane, Co-Chair
Commissioned Paper Presentation - Draft: Bhaven Sampat, Assistant Professor of Public Health, Columbia University
Richard Freeman, Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics, Harvard University
Paul Citron, Retired Vice-President, Technology Policy and Academic Relations, Medtronic, Inc
Laura Guay, Vice-President of Research, The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
2: 00 PM
2:30 PM
2:45 PM
Session IV: International Perspectives on Assessing Research Impacts
What progress has been made abroad in tracking and assessing public research outcomes? What methods and metrics might be applicable in the United States? What features of national research systems make it easier or more difficult to transfer methodologies?
Moderated by: Bronwyn Hall, Co-Chair
Ian Viney, Head of Evaluation, Strategy Group, Medical Research Council, U.K.
Brian Sloan, Directorate-General, Research and Innovation, European Commission
Marcio de  Miranda Santos, Executive Director, Centre for Strategic Management and Studies in Science, Technology and Innovation, Brazil
4:00 PM
Session V: Assessing Non-Market Impacts of Research
Can we measure the less-quantifiable benefits of research such as on climate change mitigation, food security, environmental protection, and national security? What are the alternative approaches for better assessing the non-market impacts of research? How do private firms and foundations measure the results of  their research investments related to public goods?
Moderator: Catherine Woteki, Under Secretary for Agriculture for Research, Education and Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Prabhu Pingali, Deputy Director, Agricultural Development, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (by phone)
Richard Broglie, Director of Research Strategy, DuPont Agricultural Biotechnology
Michael Roberts, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, North Carolina State University
Richard Van Atta, Senior Research Analyst, Science and Technology Policy Institute
5:00 PM
5:30 PM
Reception and Poster Session Presented by AAAS FIRE (Federal Innovation, Research, and Evaluation) Affinity Group
Mary Elizabeth Hughes, Science and Technology Policy Institute                                          Sapun Parekh, National Science Foundation
Understanding High Risk, High-Reward Research Programs                                                   Flexible Portfolio Analysis of Fundamental Science and Engineering Research
Tiffany Sargent, National Science Foundation                                                                          Rebecca Rosen, National Institutes of Health
Analytics for Managing Industrial and Government Portfolio Decisions                                   A Tool for Tracing, Understanding and Visualizing NIH
                                                                                                                                                     Contributions to Therapeutics Development                           
Amber Baum, National Science Foundation                                                                              Kerry Hamilton, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The National Science Foundation's FY 2011                                                                             Drinking Water Research Drivers and Future Directions
Performance Plan
8: 00 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:20 AM
Welcome & Summary of First Day
Neal Lane, Co-Chair
Bronwyn Hall, Co-Chair
8: 30 AM
Session VI: Impact of Research and Research Funding on the Labor Market and Career
Development of STEM Professionals
How can better data and analysis on federal research spending be used to help the labor market
function more efficiently? Is there a mismatch between the modes of funding graduate education and early career training and the labor
market for STEM graduates?  What kinds of data do we need to understand career preferences, career options, and career tracks especially
in interdisciplinary fields?
Moderator: Paula Stephan, Professor of Economics, Georgia State University
Anthony Carnevale, Director, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Henry Sauermann, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management, Georgia Institute of Technology
James Evans, Assistant Professor Sociobiology, University of Chicago
9: 30 AM
10:00 AM
Session VII: Emerging Metrics and Models for Assessing Research Impacts
What will it take to construct a long-term, comprehensive, disaggregated data infrastructure? Which challenges need the most attention?
How can new approaches such as the STAR Metrics be improved and broadened to encompass different research programs, projects, performers,  and funding mechanisms? How can advances in data presentation and visualization help policymakers better understand and use the analysis?
Moderator: David Goldston, Director of Governmental Affairs, Natural Resources Defense Council
Julia Lane, Program Director, Science of Science & Innovation Policy Program, National Science Foundation
Stefano Bertuzzi, Health Science Policy Analyst, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health
Ian Foster, Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Computer Science, and Chan Soon-Shiong Scholar, University of Chicago
Lynne Zucker, Professor of Sociology and Policy Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Adam Jaffe, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Fred C. Hecht Professor in Economics, Brandeis University
John Stasko, Professor and Associate Chair, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
11:30 PM
12:00 PM
Keynote Address: Subra Suresh, Director, National Science Foundation
Introduced by: Michael Turner, Rauner Distinguished Service Professor and Director, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, University of Chicago
12:30 PM
Working Lunch
1: 00 PM
Session VIII: Impacts of Research on Decision-Making and Public Behavior
What is known about the impact of research on legislative, regulatory, and judicial decision-making? What do we know about the pathways by which  advances in research eventually come to influence public behavior? Are there ways to enhance the effectiveness of these linkages?
Moderator: Eric Ward, President, The Two Blades Foundation
John Marburger, Vice President for Research and Professor of Physics, Stony Brook University
Kai Lee, Program Officer, Conservation and Science Program, David & Lucile PackardFoundation
Will Friedman, President, Public Agenda
Garry Neil, Corporate Vice President, Johnson and Johnson
2:30 PM
3:00 PM
Session IX: Roundup Panel—Pitfalls, Progress, and Opportunities
Co-Moderators: Neal Lane and Bronwyn Hall, Co-Chairs
Alfred Spector, Vice-President, Google, Inc.
Eric Ward, President, The Two Blades Foundation
Paula Stephan, Professor of Economics, Georgia State University
David Goldston, Director of Governmental Affairs, Natural Resources Defense Council
Michael Turner, Rauner Distinguished Service Professor and Director, Kavli Institute for
Cosmological Physics, University of Chicago
4:00 PM:  Adjourn