Labs and Centers

Center for Science, Technology & Economic Development

Innovative research partnerships with organizations, regions, and nations to improve their success in today's economy

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SRI's Center for Science, Technology, and Economic Development improves the effectiveness of science and technology, economic, environmental, and educational programs and policies. Based in Washington, D.C., the Center is staffed with experienced professionals who conduct research, analysis, program evaluation, and strategic planning. The team provides services to private and public sector clients around the world.

Diverse capabilities are distributed across two major programs:

Economics Program

High-quality research, analysis, and advice to regional organizations, governments, and businesses seeking to make sound decisions, improve competitiveness, and support innovation in a changing global environment.

Through this program, the Center develops strategies that address business, economic, technological, human resource, and social issues. The Center

  • Helps cities, states, regions, countries, businesses, and industries become more competitive
  • Facilitates public-private partnerships to strengthen foundations for broad-based economic growth
  • Builds new constituencies for community problem solving
  • Designs new institutions
  • Evaluates current policies and programs
  • Provides technical assistance in implementing new strategies

Science and Technology Policy Program

Interdisciplinary research and analysis on a wide range of national and international scientific and technological topics, to help organizations and governments make better decisions about science and technology. Through this program, the Center:

  • Assesses the impact and effectiveness of science and technology programs
  • Develops new tools to measure science and innovation
  • Aids the planning and evaluation of research programs and institutions

The Center uses a multi-dimensional research approach, which may include surveys, case studies, analyses of publications and patents, expert interviews, literature reviews, data analyses, strategic planning, and other quantitative and qualitative methods.

Focus Areas: 
Economic Development

News & Events

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