We are pleased to announce that Insight Policy Research was acquired by Westat, effective June 15, 2022. Branded as “Westat Insight,” we are currently operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of Westat and continue to provide our clients with the best-in-class services they have come to expect. Our combined experience now offers expanded expertise in health, education, and social policy as well as deeper methodological skills in survey research, evaluation, data analytics, and technical assistance. <a href="https://www.westat.com/articles/westat-acquires-insight-policy-research" target="_blank">Learn more</a> here.
We are pleased to announce that Insight Policy Research was acquired by Westat, effective June 15, 2022. Branded as “Westat Insight,” we are currently operating as a wholly owned subsidiary of Westat and continue to provide our clients with the best-in-class services they have come to expect. Our combined experience now offers expanded expertise in health, education, and social policy as well as deeper methodological skills in survey research, evaluation, data analytics, and technical assistance. <a href="https://www.westat.com/articles/westat-acquires-insight-policy-research" target="_blank">Learn more</a> here.
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Federal Laboratories Research and Development Survey

Federal Laboratories Research and Development Survey

Project Overview While some surveys collect information from federal agencies on their external research and development (R&D) funding, comprehensive data are lacking on intramural R&D expenditures, the number of federal R&D personnel, and the amount of space within federal laboratories dedicated to R&D activities. The National Science Foundation is collecting this information to inform international[...]

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Proposal Panel Experiments

Project Overview Each year, the National Science Foundation (NSF) reviews nearly 50,000 research proposals in all fields of science and science education, with the goal of identifying the highest quality proposals to receive funding. Currently, NSF project officers assign each proposal to a technical panel of reviewers with relevant content expertise to read and evaluate[...]

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Pilot Study of the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation Program’s Monitoring System

Project Overview The Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) Program promotes innovative, interdisciplinary initiatives in engineering research and education. EFRI pursues research projects that embrace new frontiers in engineering research and supports projects that generate transformative ideas in areas with a demonstrated need. EFRI aimed to create a new outcome monitoring system to streamline[...]

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Evaluation of the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Program

Project Overview This study evaluated the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. The ATE program seeks to produce more highly qualified science and engineering technicians to meet workforce demands in strategic advanced technology fields and improve the technical skills and general science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (known as STEM) preparation of these[...]

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Formative Evaluation of the National Science Foundation’s Career-Life Balance Initiative

Project Overview Insight developed a formative evaluation of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Career-Life Balance (CLB) initiative. The CLB is a 10-year initiative that supports family-friendly policy solutions to promote work-life balance among science and engineering graduate students, postdoctorate fellows, and faculty at institutions of higher education. Supplemental grants can be used, for example, to[...]

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Math and Science Partnership Program: Intermediate Trends in Math and Science Partnership Changes in Student Achievement With Management Information System

Project Overview The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program responds to a growing national concern about improving the educational performance of U.S. children in mathematics and science. Through MSP, NSF awards competitive merit-based grants to teams of institutions of higher education, local K–12 school systems, and their supporting partners. The MSP[...]

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Merit Review: Assessment of Investigator and Reviewer Experiences

Project Overview Insight is leading an evaluation of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Merit Review Process. Principal investigators (PIs) submit approximately 50,000 proposals to NSF each year, and reviewers evaluate each one against two main criteria: intellectual merit and broader impacts. The goal of this study is to conduct a biennial web survey of PIs’[...]

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Program Evaluation for the National Science Foundation’s Research on Gender in Science and Engineering Program

Project Overview Insight conducted an evaluation of three grant opportunities the National Science Foundation (NSF) administers as part of the Gender in Science and Engineering (GSE) program: research, diffusion, and extension projects. The overall goal of the GSE program is to promote a larger and more diverse domestic science and engineering workforce by increasing the[...]

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