Evaluations and Studies

Evaluation of the International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) Program: Portfolio Analysis

This study presents (1) an overview of key findings from the literature on international research experiences, (2) a summary of the IRES program strategy, (3) a comparison of awarded and declined proposals, (4) a descriptive analysis of the portfolio of IRES awards, (5) a discussion of project implementation activities and outputs, and (6) a set of considerations for ongoing and future evaluation and program monitoring efforts.

Evaluation of the International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) Program: Survey Analysis

This study provides detailed descriptive information on the characteristics of IRES participants, their experiences and satisfaction with the program, and their educational and employment outcomes collected through a survey of former participants.

Study of Anti-Harassment Policies, Guidelines, and Communications

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Credit: NSF

This study investigates and responds to questions in the National Science Foundation’s Learning Agenda related to NSF’s recent anti-harassment policies to promote safe, harassment-free environments for the practice of science.

National Science Foundation's Rotator Study

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Credit: NSF

This study provides a descriptive portrait of ​​IPAs and an assessment of IPA costs as compared to federal employee costs.

Study of the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

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Credit: NSF

This study presents an exploratory analysis of academic research excellence and competitiveness for the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research using a variety of publicly available data sources.

No-deadlines synthetic control and exploratory outcomes analysis and recommendations for a future rigorous evaluation 

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Credit: NSF

This memo showcases the use of synthetic control methods to examine the effects of no-deadlines using NSF administrative data. 

  • Memo (PDF, 1.81 MB)

Understanding the Use and Potential Effects of a No-Deadlines Approach

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Credit: NSF

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

National Science Foundation’s International Research Experiences for Undergraduates: A Comparative Analysis of the IRES and REU Programs

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Credit: NSF

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. 

Evaluation of the Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Program (2004 - 2016)

Report cover of 	 Evaluation of the Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) Program (2004 - 2016)

Credit: NSF

This report presents evaluation findings on the contribution of the CCI Program to knowledge, workforce development, commercialization, and public outreach; the role of the center structures and operations in achieving the program goals; and the effectiveness of the two-phase funding model.