The U.S. Department of State has requested that the National Academy of Sciences conduct a current, unbiased assessment on the Department's capacity to draw effectively on U.S. science and technology assets in developing and achieving U.S. foreign policy objectives. Recent strengthening of the department's science and technology assets have been based on recommendations from a (now-outdated) 1999 report, which this grant would seek to update. Non-government funding is necessary in order to avoid conflicts of interest in the Academy's provision of advice to a Federal Agency. Such a report would examine the changing environment for the role of science and technology in diplomacy over the past decade, exploring issues of bioterrorism, climate change, communicable diseases, water scarcity, energy, oceans and more, to answer the question: "How can the department use its limited resources most effectively in addressing key science and technology issues of the future?" This grant would support the preparation, review, and dissemination of this report.
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for a Committee on National Statistics panel
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provide independent scientific advice to the government. Its Committee on National Statistics will convene an expert panel on an integrated system of household income, consumption, and wealth statistics, currently produced by multiple agencies. Available series are conceptually inconsistent and insufficiently accurate, timely, or detailed (geographically or demographically) for policy or research. Series differ as to the extent of inequality and other measures of households’ economic well-being, clouding policy debates and public understanding. The panel’s report will recommend steps toward an integrated system that can better illuminate households’ economic circumstances, as well as inequities in their ability to achieve an adequate standard of living and provide education and homeownership opportunities for their children.
for a workshop on lessons learned in the conduct of large scale global health program evaluations
This grant will support the Institute of Medicine with the National Academy of Sciences to plan and convene a two-day public workshop on "Lessons Learned in the Conduct of Large Scale, Complex, Multi-National Global Health Program Evaluations". The goal of this workshop is to capture and share the state of the art in evaluation science and to inform the planning and implementation of future large scale evaluations.
for developing a framework to guide the design of new national science assessments
The Academy set a vision for science education when it released a framework for new K-12 standards in 2010. Now it plans to design blueprints for assessments that would include measurement of deeper learning skills. We propose a partnership with the Carnegie Corporation and the Bechtel Fund to support this work, which likely will lead to a follow-up request in 2013 to fund new assessments of deeper learning in science.