Research, Technology and Development Evaluation

RTD TIG Week: Finding a Needle in a Stack of Needles by Gavin Reddick

Greetings, AEA365. Liz DiLuzio here, lead curator of the blog. Although today’s post is from the AEA365 archives, it is as relevant now as it was when it was originally posted in 2020. Whether this is your first read or your tenth, I hope you find something new and thought-provoking in this post. Hi, my name …

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RTD TIG Week: AEA Involvement is More Important than Ever by Josh Schnell

My name is Josh Schnell and I am co-chair of the Research Technology & Development (RTD) Evaluation Topical Interest Group (TIG) within AEA.  I have been working in RTD evaluation and research assessment for over 12 years, now as director of the Academic & Government Consulting team within the Science Group at Clarivate.

RTD TIG Week: Observations from Four Days at a Conference by Anand Desai

The purpose of this blog is to offer my first impressions of the hot topics discussed in the sessions I attended at the 2022 conference in New Orleans. By way of background, I am Anand Desai, Senior Fellow at Clarivate and Professor of Public Policy Emeritus at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Ohio …

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RTD TIG Week: Representation of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research in PubMed’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) by Abbey Zuehlke

My name is Abbey Zuehlke, Ph.D., P.M.P. (she/her) and I am the Director of Operations at Lexical Intelligence, LLC. Over the past year I have served as the Project Manager for a team that is increasing the representation of behavioral and social sciences research terms in PubMed’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) vocabulary. I am delighted …

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RTD TIG Week: Augmenting Expert Opinion with Data-driven Approaches by Ian Hutchins

I’m Ian Hutchins, and I am an Assistant Professor of Data and Information Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Information School. I use quantitative analysis of information networks to find ways to improve the research enterprise and accelerate biomedical research advances. Research evaluations, like those conducted for science funding agencies in policymaking, are entering …

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RTD TIG Week: Evaluating Interdisciplinarity by Bethany Laursen, Nicole Motzer, and Kelly Anderson

Hi, everyone. This is Bethany Laursen, independent consultant with Laursen Evaluation & Design, LLC, and Assistant Dean in the Graduate School at Michigan State University; Nicole Motzer, Director of Research Development at Montana State University; and Kelly Anderson, Research Scientist at the National Institute of Standards & Technology. Interdisciplinarity (ID) is all the rage in …

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RTD TIG Week: Promoting Rigor and Reproducibility in Your Day-to-Day Work by Paula Fearon, Heather Eshleman, Ami Shah, and Leigh Firestone Brooks

I’m Paula Fearon, Co-Founder of the Analytics Research Institute, and together with my colleagues Heather Eshleman, Ami Shah, and Leigh Firestone Brooks, we are pleased to kick-off the RTD TIG week on AEA 365. Our day-to-day work involves producing a myriad of analyses using all types of datasets. To ensure our work is both high …

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RTD TIG Week: Bias – It’s Still Here by Didi Cross

I have said it before, and it is worth saying again. Especially now.  Every single one of us is biased.  My name is Didi Cross, and I have been involved in science evaluation for nearly ten years, including supporting the NIH and NSF in the United States, and funders and universities in the EU, UK, …

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RTD TIG Week: Evaluation of Research Collaborations Enabled through Linked Datasets by Jodi Basner

My name is Jodi Basner and I’m a Scientific Analyst on Clarivate’s Web of Science Consulting Team. It is exciting to be involved in a time, although unfortunately most recently born out of the COVID-19 pandemic, when research is exhibiting a dramatic shift toward enabling collaborations; directly through researchers providing complementary perspectives to a common …

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RTD TIG Week: Triangulation Across Mixed Methods in Comprehensive Program Evaluations by Asher Beckwitt and Lex Helsel

Hello! I am Asher Beckwitt, Research and Evaluation Project Director with Ripple Effect, and I have expertise in qualitative methods including interviews, focus groups, and content analysis. Hi! I am Alexis (Lex) Helsel, Lead Program Evaluator with Ripple Effect, and I have extensive experience in quantitative methods including survey design and analysis, administrative data analyses, …

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