Evaluating Public Research Institutions: The US Advanced Technology Program's Intramural Research Initiative

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Technology & Engineering - 126 pages
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Arguably one of the United States' hallmark public sector research programs, the Advanced Technology Program (ATP) aims to assist US business in creating and applying new technologies in order to maintain a competitive edge in a rapidly changing world economy. Delivering a unique, systematic analysis of a public agency‚€™s pioneering intramural research program, this book presents the first detailed case study of ATP, and provides a methodological illustration of how other public organizations should conduct such an evaluation.

With an increasing number of public sector agencies and institutions undertaking program assessments in light of growing public accountability, this book will be of great interest to academics and researchers in economics, as well as policy makers involved in program evaluation.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The role of public research institutions
10
Survey design and methodology
22
Case study selection and methodology
63
Case study of wavelength references
70
Case study of injectable composite bone grafts
81
Case study of Internet commerce for manufacturing
88
Case study of polymer composite dielectrics
95
Alternative evaluation templates
103
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Albert N. Link is professor of economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received the B.S. degree in mathematics from the University of Richmond in 1971 and the Ph.D. in economics from Tulane University in 1976. His research interests are broadly within the area of technology and innovation policy, and his current projects relate to public policy evaluation methods and university research strategies. He is editor of the Journal of Technology Transfer; he has also served on numerous U.S. as well as international science and technology advisory committees.

John T. Scott received the Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University and the A.B. in Economics and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds the position of Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College. His teaching and research are in the areas of industrial organization and the economics of technological change. He has served as the President of the Industrial Organization Society and on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Industrial Organization, the Review of Industrial Organization, and The Journal of Industrial Economics. He has consulted in matters of technology policy for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the World Bank, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. He has served as an economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and at the Federal Trade Commission.

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