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Improving Measures of Science,
Technology, and Innovation:
Interim Report


Panel on Developing Science, Technology, and Innovation
Indicators for the Future

Robert E. Litan, Andrew W. Wyckoff. and Kaye Husbands Fealing,
Editors

Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Board on Science. Technology, and Economic Affairs
Division of Policy and Global Affairs


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Panel on Developing Science, Technology, and Innovation
Indicators for the Future

 

ROBERT E. LITAN (Cochair), The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO

ANDREW W. WYCKOFF (Cochair), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France

CARTER BLOCH, Danish Center for Studies in Research and Research Policy, University of Aarhus, Denmark

NICHOLAS R. CHRISMAN, Department of Geomatics Sciences, Université Laval, Québec, Canada

CARL J. DAHLMAN, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

GEOFF M. DAVIS, User Experience Group, Google, Inc., Mountain View, CA

KATHARINE G. FRASE, Industry Solutions and Emerging Business, IBM Research, Yorktown Heights, NY

BARBARA M. FRAUMENI, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine

RICHARD B. FREEMAN, Department of Economics, Harvard University

FREDERICK D. GAULT, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre on Innovation and Technology, United Nations University, Maastricht, The Netherlands

DAVID GOLDSTON, Natural Resource Defense Council, Washington, DC

MICHAEL MANDEL, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

JOHN E. ROLPH, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California

LELAND WILKINSON, SYSTAT Software, Inc., Chicago, IL

KAYE HUSBANDS FEALING, Study Director

ANTHONY S. MANN, Program Associate

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Committee on National Statistics
2011-2012

 

LAWRENCE D. BROWN (Chair), Department of Statistics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

JOHN M. ABOWD, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University

ALICIA CARRIQUIRY, Department of Statistics, Iowa State University

WILLIAM DUMOUCHEL, Oracle Health Sciences, Waltham, Massachusetts

V. JOSEPH HOTZ, Department of Economics, Duke University

MICHAEL HOUT, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

KAREN KAFADAR, Department of Statistics, Indiana University

SALLIE KELLER, IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute, Washington, DC

LISA LYNCH, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

SALLIE C. MORTON, Department of Biostatistics, University of Pittsburgh

JOSEPH NEWHOUSE, Division of Health Policy Research and Education, Harvard University

RUTH D. PETERSON, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Research Center, Ohio State University

HAL STERN, School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine

JOHN H. THOMPSON, National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago

ROGER TOURANGEAU, Westat, Rockville, Maryland

ALAN ZASLAVSKY, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School

CONSTANCE F. CITRO, Director

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Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy

 

PAUL L. JOSKOW (Chair), President, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY

ERNEST R. BERNDT, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

JOHN DONOVAN, Chief Technology Officer, AT&T Labs, Dallas, TX

MARY L. GOOD, Donaghey College of Information Science and Systems Engineering, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

RICHARD K. LESTER, Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

WILLIAM F. MEEHAN, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

DAVID T. MORGENTHALER, Founding Partner, Morgenthaler Ventures, Cleveland, OH

ARATI PRABHAKAR, U.S. Venture Partners, Menlo Park, CA

WILLIAM J. RADUCHEL, Opera Software ASA, Great Falls, VA

KATHRYN L. SHAW, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

LAURA D’ANDREA TYSON, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

HAROLD R. VARIAN, Chief Economist, Google, Inc., Mountain View, CA

ALAN WM. WOLFF, Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP, Washington, DC

RALPH J. CICERONE, Ex Officio, President, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC

HARVEY V. FINEBERG, Ex Officio, President, Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC

CHARLES M. VEST, Ex Officio, President, National Academy of Engineering, Washington, DC

STEPHEN A. MERRILL, Executive Director

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Preface

Given the study’s broad disciplinary scope, our panel of experts collectively represent more than a dozen fields, including computer science, economics, education, engineering, finance, geography, mathematics, physics, political science, psychology, statistics, and visual analytics. The panel also reflects the international nature of the topic, with members from Canada, Denmark, France, and the Netherlands. One of our panel members is an expert on science, technology, and innovation (STI) policies in Russia, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and another was instrumental in developing the first set of innovation indicators for African countries.

It is with extreme gratitude that the panel thanks the many people who made contributions to this study. The staff at the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) at the National Science Foundation, under the directorship of Lynda Carlson, gracefully gave us terrific input and insights, including clear directives on what they wanted to learn from the study, as well as useful sources of information from their division and from other sources. Robert Bell, Lawrence Burton, John Gawalt, John Jankowski, Nirmala Kannankutty, Beethika Khan, Rolf Lehming, Francisco Moris, Jeri Mulrow, Christopher Pece, and Emilda Rivers all contributed their knowledge and expertise to answering our questions.

The panel’s work benefited greatly from presenters and attendees at our open meetings. The insights of the following individuals were critical for the framing of policy issues that are relevant for our study: Jeff Alexander (SRI International); Patrick Clemins (American Association for the Advancement of Science); Mark Doms (U.S. Department of Commerce); Kei Koizumi (U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy); Christine Matthews (Congressional Research Service); Dahlia Sokolov (U.S. House of Representatives); and D. Greg Tassey (National Institute of Standards and Technology). Conceptual frameworks for STI indicators were presented by Michelle Alexopoulos (University of Toronto) and Adam Jaffe (Brandeis University).

Opportunities for advances in STI data collections and statistics, particularly among U.S. federal agencies, were presented to panel members by B.K. Atrostic, Cheryl Grim, Richard Hough, Dave Kinyon, Erika McEntarfer, and Mary Potter (U.S. Census Bureau); Ana Aizcorbe, Maria Borga and Carol Robbins (Bureau of Economic Analysis); Laurie Salmon, Jim Spletzer and David Talan (Bureau of Labor Statistics); David McGranahan and Tim Wojan (U.S. Department of Agriculture); and Daniel McGrath, Jessica Shedd, Matthew Soldner, and Tom Weko (National Center for Education Statistics). We also thank Rochelle (Shelly) Martinez and her colleagues, and Katherine Wallman at the Office of Management and Budget for an engaging discussion regarding synergies in the federal statistical system regarding measures of STI activities.

Since international comparability is an important aspect of this study, the panel convened a workshop of international researchers and practitioners in July 2011. The following individuals presented dozens of STI measures and described opportunities and obstacles that NCSES should anticipate as they further develop its STI indicators program: Shinichi Akaike (Hitotsubashi

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University); Howard Alper (Canada’s Science Technology and Innovation Council); Jayanta Chatterjee (Indian Institute of Technology); Gustavo Crespi (Inter-American Development Bank); Matthieu Delescluse (European Commission); Changlin Gao (Chinese Academy of Science and Technology); Jonathan Haskel (Imperial College Business School); Hugo Hollanders (United Nations University-Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology); Brian MacAulay (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts); and Philippe Mawoko (The New Partnership for Africa’s Development).

The panel is exploring the use of microdata, particularly administrative records and web tools, to create STI statistics. We heard from several experts in this diverse field of study at the July 2011 workshop, including Carl Bergstrom (University of Washington); Stefano Bertuzzi (National Institutes of Health and the STAR METRICS program); Erik Brynjolfsson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Lee Giles (Penn State University); John Haltiwanger (University of Maryland); Richard Price (Academia.edu); and Alicia Robb (Kauffman Foundation).

Developing STI indicators at subnational levels is also an important part of this study. At the July 2011 workshop, Rob Atkinson (Information Technology and Innovation Foundation), Maryann Feldman (University of North Carolina), Andrew Reamer (George Washington University), and Robert Samors and David Winwood (Association of Public and Land-grant Universities) presented options for measuring STI activities at a variety of geographic scales.

Nicholas Donofrio (IBM) participated in a roundtable discussion with panel members during the workshop. We greatly appreciate his insights from a business perspective on measuring research and development and innovation. His comments reminded us that the role of multinationals in the global STI system should be examined carefully and that entrepreneurial activities at firms of various sizes deserve careful measure.

The panel also obtained input from several other science and technology policy experts, including Aaron Chatterji (Duke University, formerly of the Council of Economic Advisers), Bhavya Lal and Stephanie Shipp (Institute for Defense Analysis-Science and Technology Policy Institute), and Alessandra Colecchia, Gili Greenberg and Fernando Galindo-Rueda (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).

We extend a special thanks to Committee on National Statistics staff. The study director, Kaye Husbands Fealing, provided valuable assistance to the panel in organizing the meetings and preparing this report. Connie Citro, Tom Plewes, and Michael Cohen gave excellent guidance to the panel and study director and helped facilitate some of the meetings. Stephen Merrill from the Board of Science, Technology, and Economic Policy also participated in the meetings. We thank Anthony Mann for outstanding administrative and logistical support to the panel. We also thank our Mirzayan fellow Daniel Grady, whose expertise in systems dynamics and web tools contributed greatly to the panel’s work.

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s RRC. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Michael Conlon, Director of Biomedical Informatics and Assistant Director/CEO, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Florida;

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Martin Fleming, Chief Economist and Vice President, Business Performance Services, International Business Machines Corporation; Susan Hanson, Distinguished University Professor Emerita, School of Geography, Clark University; Joshua Lerner, Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking, Harvard Business School; William D. Nordhaus, Department of Economics, Yale University; Hal Salzman, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University; Albert H. Teich, Director, Science and Policy Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science; and Ward Ziarko, Head of Unit of R&D Indicators, Belgian Federal Science Policy.

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Lawrence D. Brown, Department of Statistics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Appointed by the National Research Council, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

Robert E. Litan and Andrew W. Wyckoff, Cochairs
Panel on Developing Science, Technology,
and Innovation Indicators for the Future

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Acronyms and Abbreviations

AAAS American Association for the Advancement of Science
America  
COMPETES America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science
APLU Association of Public and Land Grant Universities
BEA Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
BLS Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
BOP balance of payments
BRDIS Business Research and Development and Innovation Survey
CICEP Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity
CIS Community Innovation Survey
COSSA Consortium of Social Science Associations
CRS Congressional Research Service
ERS Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
ETA Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
EU European Union
FTE full-time equivalent
GDP gross domestic product
ICT information and communications technology
IMF International Monetary Fund
IRS Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of the Treasury
MIST Microbusiness, Innovation Science, and Technology
NAICS North American Industrial Classification System
NASSCOM National Association of Software and Services Companies
NCES National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education
NCSES National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, U.S. National Science Foundation
NEPAD New Partnership for Africa’s Development
NESTA National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts
NESTI National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators
NIH National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce
NLM National Library of Medicine, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
NORC National Opinion Research Center
NSCG National Survey of College Graduates
NSF U.S. National Science Foundation
NSRCG National Survey of Recent College Graduates
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OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OMB U.S. Office of Management and Budget
OSTP U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy
PISA Programme for International Student Assessment
R&D research and development
S&E science and engineering
S&T science and technology
SDR Survey of Doctorate Recipients
SED Survey of Earned Doctorates
SESTAT Science and Engineering Statistical Data System
STAR METRICS Science and Technology for America’s Reinvestment: Measuring the EffecT of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science
STEM science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
STI science, technology, and innovation
UNU-MERIT U.N. University’s Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology
USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture
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The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), at the U.S. National Foundation, is 1 of 14 major statistical agencies in the federal government, of which at least 5 collect relevant information on science, technology, and innovation activities in the United States and abroad. The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 expanded and codified NCSES's role as a U.S. federal statistical agency. Important aspects of the agency's mandate include collection, acquisition, analysis, and reporting and dissemination of data on research and development trends, on U.S. competitiveness in science, technology, and research and development, and on the condition and progress of U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

Improving Measures of Science, Technology and Innovation: Interim Report examines the status of the NCSES's science, technology, and innovation (STI) indicators. This report assesses and provides recommendations regarding the need for revised, refocused, and newly developed indicators designed to better reflect fundamental and rapid changes that are reshaping global science, technology and innovation systems. The book also determines the international scope of STI indicators and the need for developing new indicators that measure developments in innovative activities in the United States and abroad, and Offers foresight on the types of data, metrics and indicators that will be particularly influential in evidentiary policy decision-making for years to come.

In carrying out its charge, the authoring panel undertook a broad and comprehensive review of STI indicators from different countries, including Japan, China, India and several countries in Europe, Latin America and Africa. Improving Measures of Science, Technology, and Innovation makes recommendations for near-term action by NCSES along two dimensions: (1) development of new policy-relevant indicators that are based on NCSES survey data or on data collections at other statistical agencies; and (2) exploration of new data extraction and management tools for generating statistics, using automated methods of harvesting unstructured or scientometric data and data derived from administrative records.

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