The effectiveness of social science research in addressing societal problems: Broadening participation in computing

dc.contributor.author Rosenbloom, Joshua
dc.contributor.author Ginther, Donna
dc.contributor.department Economics
dc.date 2018-09-11T18:06:09.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T02:08:43Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T02:08:43Z
dc.date.issued 2017-04-01
dc.description.abstract <p>One important rationale for federal funding of social science research is its role in addressing pressing social problems. In this article we examine the impact of the National Science Foundation’s Information Technology Workforce Program (ITWF) on broadening participation in computing and IT careers. Established in 2000 in response to the declining participation of women and minorities in computer science education and IT careers, the ITWF Program awarded almost US$30 million in research funding through its final solicitation in 2004. We document the quantitative and qualitative effects of this research funding, both to illustrate the complex ways in which R&D funding can advance scientific understanding and to identify the challenges that such problem-driven social science research may encounter. The problem of diversity in the IT workforce has not been solved. Nonetheless, the ITWF program had important effects on the understanding of this problem and efforts to address it.</p>
dc.description.comments <p>This is a working paper of an article from <em>Science and Public Policy</em> 44, no. 2 (2016): 259-273. doi: <a href="https://doi.org/10.1093/scipol/scw062">10.1093/scipol/scw062</a>.</p>
dc.identifier archive/lib.dr.iastate.edu/econ_las_pubs/641/
dc.identifier.articleid 1641
dc.identifier.contextkey 12803349
dc.identifier.s3bucket isulib-bepress-aws-west
dc.identifier.submissionpath econ_las_pubs/641
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/21879
dc.source.uri https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1000&context=econ_workingpapers
dc.subject.disciplines Infrastructure
dc.subject.disciplines Public Economics
dc.subject.disciplines Science and Technology Policy
dc.subject.disciplines Technology and Innovation
dc.subject.keywords broadening participation
dc.subject.keywords science policy
dc.subject.keywords science funding
dc.title The effectiveness of social science research in addressing societal problems: Broadening participation in computing
dc.type article
dc.type.genre article
dspace.entity.type Publication
relation.isOrgUnitOfPublication 4c5aa914-a84a-4951-ab5f-3f60f4b65b3d
File
Collections