AGENCIES: NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, US DEPT OF AGRICULTURE, OSTP WHITE HOUSE

STAR METRICS (Science and Technology for America’s Reinvestment: Measuring the Effect of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science) program, is a multi U.S. Federal Agency and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) led program.  The program’s vision is to provide a better empirical basis to evaluate and illuminate the investment decisions federal science agencies make.

Working with federal agencies, research and academic institutions, and other federal branches of government, Synthosys has facilitated collaboration and led development efforts for a variety of agencies and institutions, and has designed and implemented processes for data collection and assimilation, data mining and data access for both Level 1 and Level 2 development activities  (starmetrics.nih.gov). Level I involves  developing uniform, auditable and standardized measures of the impact of science spending (ARRA and non-ARRA) on job creation, using data from research institutions’ existing database records.  Level II involves developing measures of the impact of federal science investment on scientific knowledge (using metrics such as publications and citations), social outcomes (e.g. health outcomes measures and environmental impact factors), workforce outcomes (e.g. student mobility and employment), and economic growth (e.g. tracing patents, new company start-ups and other measures).

For the STAR METRICS program, Synthosys  provides assistance in facilitating the activities associated with the launch of this government and public partnership program, through program support, data and information analytics and the through the conceptualization and  proof of concept system development activities which formed the basis for a portfolio approach to assist in evaluating U.S. federal R&D investments.

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