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. Learn more 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. Learn more here.
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Projects

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 comparisons of R&D performance and provide policymakers with more complete data on the federal government’s own R&D activities.

The goal of this project is to identify the eligible universe of federal laboratories and design and implement a new survey to gather detailed information on their R&D activities to produce valid and reliable estimates of government intramural expenditures on R&D. Insight is developing this new survey through an iterative process to inform survey content and data collection methodology. Specifically, Insight is—

  • Conducting exploratory interviews with federal lab staff
  • Convening an expert panel of federal representatives, policymakers, and R&D data users
  • Conducting cognitive interviews of the survey instrument
  • Conducting follow-up interviews with pilot test participants

Products

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