Informing Public Policy on Science and Innovation: The Advanced Technology Program's Experience

16 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2012

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Stephen Campbell

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Stephanie S. Shipp

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Timothy M. Mulcahy

University of Chicago - National Opinion Research Center (NORC)

Ted Allen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: December 23, 2008

Abstract

The Advanced Technology Program (ATP) collected a unique source of data from highly innovative firms beginning in 1993. These data follow the OECD's guidelines for collecting innovation data and provide important insights for understanding the innovation process within firms. Although the data are not representative of the population of firms, there are a sufficient number of firms in the dataset to test hypotheses and to provide a starting point for calls for innovation metrics. Because of the confidential nature of the data, ATP worked with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) to create a Data Enclave so that researchers could remotely access the ATP data in a secure environment. To initiate the use of ATP data in the Data Enclave, the ATP program funded researchers to undertake research projects that use ATP data. Other organizations have joined the Data Enclave, including the Department of Agriculture and the Kauffman Foundation.

Keywords: Innovation measurement, Data Enclave, Advanced Technology Program (ATP)

JEL Classification: O3, H4

Suggested Citation

Campbell, Stephen and Shipp, Stephanie S. and Mulcahy, Timothy M. and Allen, Ted, Informing Public Policy on Science and Innovation: The Advanced Technology Program's Experience (December 23, 2008). Journal of Technology Transfer, Vol. 34, p. 304, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2118046

Stephen Campbell (Contact Author)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) ( email )

Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8910
United States

Stephanie S. Shipp

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Timothy M. Mulcahy

University of Chicago - National Opinion Research Center (NORC) ( email )

55 E. Monroe, Ste. 4800
Chicago, IL 60603
United States

Ted Allen

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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