A Strategy for Assessing Science offers strategic advice on the perennial issue of assessing rates of progress in different scientific fields. It considers available knowledge about how science makes progress and examines a range of decision-making strategies for addressing key science policy concerns. These include avoiding undue conservatism that may arise from the influence of established disciplines; achieving rational, high-quality, accountable, and transparent decision processes; and establishing an appropriate balance of influence between scientific communities and agency science managers. A Strategy for Assessing Science identifies principles for setting priorities and specific recommendations for the context of behavioral and social research on aging.
Table of Contents
|1 The Purpose of the Study||7-19|
|2 The NIA Behavioral and Social Science Research Program||20-39|
|3 The Stakes in Research Assessment||40-66|
|4 Progress in Science||67-94|
|5 Methods of Assessing Science||95-123|
|6 Conclusions and Recommendations||124-136|
|Appendix: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff||157-162|
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