by Jose M. Alonso, World Wide Web Foundation Blog, May 24, 2012The Web Foundation is happy to share a report on the outcomes of a recent meeting of Open Government Data practitioners that took place in Brasilia on April 26th of this year. Given the increasing interest in Open Data programs around the globe, and the expectations of their implementation, the need for a critical measurement of outcomes and empirical evidence to support such measurement has become ever more important. The Web Foundation has recently begun this work by partnering with the International Development Research Center and the Berkman Center at Harvard University to host the first convening of Open Data Research (South), a gathering of 20 renowned policy-oriented academics from around the globe and representing diverse areas of expertise to develop a research agenda and network to facilitate impact measurement of Open Government Data in the Global South and developing world.Attendees worked to develop a research agenda to ensure that Open Government Data programs in the Global South meet several key outcomes, namely: that they foster greater openness, support citizens’ rights, and remain inclusive of the citizenry. Key issues of exploration included Open Data’s potential to challenge democratic deficits, create economic value and foster greater inclusion, particularly in the developing world. Full details of each day’s agenda and outcomes can be found in the full report. This is part of an ongoing process; a blog to take forward ideas from the workshop has been also opened.
For a copy of this report, visit Measuring Open Government Data.
Measuring the Impacts of Federal Investments in Research: A Workshop
Monday-Tuesday, April 18-19, 2011
20 F Street (NW) Conference Center
Washington, D.C. 20001
A committee formed under the auspices of the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP) and Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP) is holding a two-day workshop to identify analytical and data needs and opportunities in assessing the returns to federal research funding across a wide range of fields and government missions. The meeting is targeted for:
- Federal agency research evaluators
- Congressional staff with research jurisdictions
- Science funding advocates
- Science of science policy scholars
- Other academics
Questions to be discussed include:
What have we learned from previous efforts to measure the economic and noneconomic benefits of federal research investments?
What are the links between health research and health outcomes and costs?
Can we measure the impact of research on non-market values such as climate change mitigation, food security, environmental protection, and national security?
What progress has been made in constructing a long-term data infrastructure for measuring research impacts? Can approaches such as STAR Metrics be broadened to encompass different performers and funding mechanisms?
What methods and metrics are being used in Europe, Latin America, and elsewhere?
What metrics and data are needed to track career choices and career development of STEM graduates trained with research funds?
How might we assess the influence of research on formal (e.g., regulatory, judicial) and informal (e.g., consumer, patient) decision-making?
For more information and to register for the workshop, via Returns on Federal R&D.