ERIC Number: EJ1042814
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Charting the Impact of Federal Spending for Education Research: A Bibliometric Approach
Milesi, Carolina; Brown, Kevin L.; Hawkley, Louise; Dropkin, Eric; Schneider, Barbara L.
Educational Researcher, v43 n7 p361-370 Oct 2014
Impact evaluation plays a critical role in determining whether federally funded research programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are wise investments. This paper develops quantitative methods for program evaluation and applies this approach to a flagship National Science Foundation-funded education research program, Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE). Results of three different bibliometric analyses all point to the same conclusion: REESE is an interdisciplinary research program that attracts highly productive investigators who exhibit an additional increase in their productivity rate as a result of receiving REESE funding. Limitations of the bibliometric approach are discussed, and directions are provided for the future of impact evaluations of research programs intended to serve the public good.
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Bibliometrics, Financial Support, STEM Education, Statistical Analysis, Program Evaluation, Educational Research, Interdisciplinary Approach, Productivity, Program Effectiveness, Outcome Measures, Quasiexperimental Design, Mixed Methods Research, Public Policy, Higher Education, Comparative Analysis, Periodicals, Journal Articles, Doctoral Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
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