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Evaluating public sector intramural research programmes: the case of the US Advanced Technology Program's Intramural Research Initiative


  • Albert N. Link
  • John T. Scott


Within a public environment in which accountability is at the forefront, an important evaluation question is how to document the economic value of innovation-related outputs and outcomes from intramural research relative to the cost of funding an intramural research programme. In this paper, we apply a counterfactual method to an evaluation of the US Advanced Technology Program's (ATP) Intramural Research Initiative. We also suggest more general applications of the methodology – for example, economic development applications to project evaluations in the developing areas of a country or in developing nations.

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  • Albert N. Link & John T. Scott, 2009. "Evaluating public sector intramural research programmes: the case of the US Advanced Technology Program's Intramural Research Initiative," International Journal of Public Policy, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 4(6), pages 516-532.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijpubp:v:4:y:2009:i:6:p:516-532

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