Efforts to Evaluate R&D Found Wanting

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  19 Feb 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5405, pp. 1096-1097
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5405.1096

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Log in to view the full text

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution


A National Academy of Sciences (NAS) panel asked to help federal agencies evaluate their R&D efforts in accord with a 1993 law has concluded that such evaluations are useful--if done properly. The report, written by the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP), a joint panel of NAS, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine, recommends the use of outside experts to look at the quality, relevance, and international ranking of research funded by government agencies that must follow the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act. Some scientists have complained that the law, intended to make sure that tax dollars are being spent wisely, could trivialize basic research by forcing agencies to demand short-term, quantitative results.