Government Panel recommends methods for measuring applied and basic research
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 80, Issue 9, pages 101–102, 2 March 1999
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1999), Government Panel recommends methods for measuring applied and basic research, Eos Trans. AGU, 80(9), 101–102, doi:10.1029/99EO00067.(
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While applied research that is geared to specific outcomes may readily lend itself to measurement and evaluation, some scientists question whether such benchmarks also can pertain to basic research—where all of the outcomes and future applications seldom are known in advance—without stunting such general, and often very significant, searches for knowledge.
Now, a new report by a U.S. government panel cautiously but firmly recommends that both types of research can and should be measured, in order to meet the goals of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993, or GPRA.