Title: Evaluating public sector intramural research programmes: the case of the US Advanced Technology Program's Intramural Research Initiative

Authors: Albert N. Link, John T. Scott

Addresses: Department of Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 27402, 336–334–5146, USA. ' Department of Economics, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755, 603–646–2941, USA

Abstract: Within a public environment in which accountability is at the forefront, an important evaluation question is how to document the economic value of innovation-related outputs and outcomes from intramural research relative to the cost of funding an intramural research programme. In this paper, we apply a counterfactual method to an evaluation of the US Advanced Technology Program|s (ATP) Intramural Research Initiative. We also suggest more general applications of the methodology – for example, economic development applications to project evaluations in the developing areas of a country or in developing nations.

Keywords: intramural research; project evaluation; public accountability; cost-benefit analysis; ATP; Advanced Technology Program; USA; United States; public policy; economic development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPP.2009.025260

International Journal of Public Policy, 2009 Vol.4 No.6, pp.516 - 532

Published online: 18 May 2009 *

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