ERIC Number: ED230468
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Studies in the Management of Social R&D: Selected Policy Areas. Study Project on Social Research and Development, Volume 3.
Lynn, Laurence E., Jr., Ed.
Interviews with 180 federal agencies that conduct social research and development (R&D) were conducted and documents were examined to determine: (1) what types of social R&D are supported, and what levels of support are provided; (2) who defines the problems to be researched, who decides the level of support to be provided, and how investigators are selected and monitored; and (3) how potential users are involved in research decision making, and how the research results are disseminated. Major emphasis was on social R&D in the major policy areas of income security, health, early childhood, and the living environment (i.e., policy area that encompasses the patterns of growth and change in agricultural, urban, and metropolitan areas). One central insight revealed in the agency studies, all of which are summarized in this report, is that there is an enormous diversity of practices in all areas studied. In the concluding sections of the report, key conclusions, generally critical of current practices, are discussed, and a framework in which to analyze the actions of the social R&D managers is developed. (RM)
Descriptors: Administration, Administrative Policy, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Decision Making, Federal Programs, Health, Income, Interviews, Management Systems, Policy Formation, Public Agencies, Research Problems, Research Projects, Resource Allocation, Social Science Research, Young Children
Office of Publications, National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20418 ($13.95).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Assembly of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Note: For related documents, see ED 167 375 and ED 175 792.