About EAC

The Evaluation and Assessment Capability (EAC) section provides centralized support for planning and policymaking at NSF. EAC is recognized as an exceptional team that provides (1) superior services to NSF staff and (2) national and global leadership in advancing rigorous evaluation of investments in science research. Our mission is to promote excellence in achieving the NSF mission by supporting a culture of evidence in decision making through:

  • Engagement in NSF strategic planning
  • Providing research and evaluation services to generate and use evidence
  • Advancing methods to evaluate investments in research and innovation

EAC is committed to pursuing work that adds value and complements ongoing activities at, and capacity developed by, NSF Offices and Directorates.



This report reviews the theoretical and empirical research on the potential effect of deadlines across a wide range of tasks.

This brief provides a descriptive portrait of international research experiences for undergraduate participants of the International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) and Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs, highlighting findings that might inform NSF’s strategic planning and program improvement efforts.

This report describes the National Science Foundation’s design, implementation, and findings of:

  1. An integrated assessment of data maturity and capacity for evidence generation and use and
  2. An analysis of ongoing evidence-building activities.

This plan describes the evaluations prioritized by NSF for FY 2023, and includes an overview of the background/rationale, timeline, technical approach, data sources, expected challenges and mitigating strategies, and use and dissemination plans for each research question.

NSF's Learning Agenda describes the evidence-building efforts NSF expects to pursue several over the four years of the next Strategic Plan, FY 2022 — FY 2026.

"Evidence Act" deliverables