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ERIC Number: ED558097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
Proposed Social Spending Innovation Research (SSIR) Program: Harnessing American Entrepreneurial Talent to Solve Major U.S. Social Problems
Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy
The Social Spending Innovation Research (SSIR) proposal seeks to replicate, in social spending, the great success of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program in technology development. The SBIR program funds technology development by entrepreneurial small companies. The program has spawned breakthrough technologies in diverse areas such as computer chip production, commercial satellite communications, and medical imaging. The new program, SSIR, would apply the successful SBIR approach in a non-technology field--social spending. This paper provides a specific illustration of how the SSIR concept would work in the area of education policy through the creation of a three-phase process: (1) The Department of Education would allocate 1% of its discretionary spending to fund its SSIR program; (2) The Department would issue an annual solicitation, inviting grant proposals through a streamlined, competitive application process; and (3) Applicants--including nonprofits, small businesses, researchers, and state and local educational agencies--would apply for grant funding through one of three phases. The SSIR program would infuse U.S. education spending with a critically-needed supply of entrepreneurial new ideas, which has been shown to produce sizable improvements in important educational outcomes.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy