T14P01 - S&T Policy and Evaluation

Topic : Science, Internet and Technology Policy

Panel Chair : Li TANG - litang@fudan.edu.cn

Panel Second Chair : Jue Wang - wangjue@ntu.edu.sg

Objectives and Scientific Relevance of the panel

In the emerging knowledge economy, science and technology (S&T) has been applauded as effective tools to connect the nature world to the human welfare and promote sustainable economic development. Broadly defined, S&T policy includes scholarship investigating the creation and supporting S&T resources and the coordination of S&T activities. Spanning across a wide spectrum S&T policy can be studied from the economic, social, and political perspectives. The demand for S&T policy and evaluation has been escalating over the last decades. Different levels of government, legislatures, public organizations, and other types of funding agencies are increasingly demanding systematic policy and program evaluation. For example, In the US, the 1993 GPRA requires federal agencies to develop and update strategic plans, to establish annual performance targets, and to report annually on program performance. In Japan, the Science and Technology Agency set up a program in Science of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy to assess the economic and social impact of research investment. Similarly, national research funding agencies around the globe have been sponsoring internal projects to evaluate how funded research projects performed. Looking ahead to the next 50 years, we believe that S&T policy and evaluation is in is critical with the information and insights that brings for better decision- making, good governance, and sustainable development for the well-being of all.

This panel aims to advance our understanding on S&T policy evaluation from interdisciplinary perspective. We are interested in both theoretical and methodological (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-method)studies that further our understanding on evaluating S&T policy and programs,including but not limited to the impacts of government funding, talent program, and R&D assessment through bibliometric, experimental, or comparative approaches. Any systematic assessment of the operation and/or the outcomes of a program or policy, compared to a set of explicit or implicit standards, as a means of contributing to the improvement of the science program or technology policy are particularly welcome.



Call for papers

The panel of S&T Policy and Evaluation aims to increase recognition and collaboration among the researchers in S&T policy domain, while exchanging advanced research on policy evaluation in selective domains. This panel features multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship on a range of science and research policy issues. We invite both promising scholars and established researchers to propose a research paper to present their ideas, reflections, and cutting-edge research related to policy evaluation. The panel encourages research relevant to the economics of S&T, research and policy evaluation, as well as S&T management practice. We are interested in both theoretical and methodological studies that advance our understanding on the roles of government in S&T development, such as the impacts of government funding, talent program, and R&D assessment through bibliometric, experimental, or comparative approaches. The following research questions are particularly interesting to be integrated into this proposed panel: What is the current practice of S&T policy? What role should government play in developing S&T? What are the commonalities and uniqueness of evaluating S&T policy compared to other public policy evaluations? What are the common pitfalls or caveats when evaluate S&T policy? Other proposals that are relevant to the panel theme “S&T policy and evaluation” or a broader S&T policy research agenda will also be considered.

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