Measurement of Economic and Social Impacts of Science and Technology Investments

Friday, February 15, 2013: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room 208 (Hynes Convention Center)
The combination of worldwide fiscal austerity, demands for greater accountability for public expenditures, and the development of powerful new tools for collecting and interpreting massive amounts of data about science and technology (S&T) investments has led to a new focus on developing and using advanced methods to assess the impacts of S&T investments on societies and economies. This session will examine the promise of these new tools to provide useful information to policy-makers and will explore what will be required to set up an internationally consistent approach to performing and reporting such information. The session will also address the limitations of these tools and the possible pitfalls associated with their use, along with alternative approaches that are under active development.
Yuko Ito, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy
Aska Takeshiro, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy
Christopher Hill, George Mason University
Stephen Merrill, National Academy of Sciences
The Search for a Research ROI (Return on Investment) 
Terutaka Kuwahara, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy
S&T Policy Research for Advancing Evidence-Based Policy-Making
June Seung Lee, Korea Institute of Science and Technology Evaluation and Planning
Impacts of S&T Investment as an Innovation Tool in Korea
Takashi Shiraishi, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Achieving Sustainable Growth and Societal Development in Future Japan
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