The science and engineering enterprise has continued to evolve, responding over the last decade to increased economic globalization, a post-cold war military, federal budget fluctuations, and structural changes in the way science and engineering are conducted and innovations are adopted. This report suggests ways to revise the data collection activities of the Science Resources Studies Division (SRS) of the National Science Foundation to better capture the current realities of R&D funding and S&E human resources. The report’s recommendations would improve the relevance of the data on graduate education, the labor market for scientists and engineers, and the funding and conduct of research and development, and thus better meet the data needs of policymakers, managers, and researchers.
Table of Contents
|Part I: SRS as a Statistical Agency||15-16|
|2 History and Assessment of SRS||17-36|
|3 Dimensions of Relevance||37-56|
|Part II: Relevant Data for Science Engineering Resources||57-58|
|4 Science and Engineering Human Resources||59-78|
|5 Research and Development: Funding, Performance, and Innovation||79-99|
|Appendix A: Interview and Focus Group Guides||117-126|
|Appendix B: Agenda, Workshop on Data to Describe Resources for the Changing Science and Engineering Enterprise, September 18-19, 1998, Washington, D.C.||127-131|
|Appendix C: Recommendations from Surveying the Nation's Scientists and Engineers (NRC 1989)||132-137|
|Appendix D: Alternative Sampling Frames for SRS Personnel Surveys||138-142|
|Appendix E: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members||143-148|
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