Handbook on the Theory and Practice of Program Evaluation

Handbook on the Theory and Practice of Program Evaluation

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Edited by Albert N. Link and Nicholas S. Vonortas

As this volume demonstrates, a wide variety of methodologies exist to evaluate particularly the objectives and outcomes of research and development programs. These include surveys, statistical and econometric estimations, patent analyses, bibliometrics, scientometrics, network analyses, case studies, and historical tracings. Contributors divide these and other methods and applications into four categories – economic, non-economic, hybrid and data-driven – in order to discuss the many factors that affect the utility of each technique and how that impacts the technological, economic and societal forecasts of the programs in question.

Chapter 13: Measuring innovation with official statistics

John E. Jankowski

Subjects: economics and finance, economics of innovation, public sector economics, innovation and technology, economics of innovation


Following recommendations from the National Research Council’s Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT), the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) and the Census Bureau’s Economic Directorate collaborated on a redesign of the Survey of Industrial Research and Development. The resulting 2008 Business Research & Development and Innovation Survey (BRDIS) was sent to approximately 40 000 businesses in the United States and for the first time included questions on business innovation. This chapter briefly describes the process for redesigning the R & D survey and presents 2008 innovation findings. Comparisons are made with other countries’ Community Innovation Survey results, and possible adjustments to US findings to make them more internationally comparable are summarized.

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