The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) mandated a team led by Science-Metrix (particularly its US staff) to analyze the regional impacts of NIH funding distributed as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
The study will center on three regional case studies to help define the breadth of impact from ARRA funding. A mix of quantitative and qualitative measures will be employed to achieve a robust analysis of the economic and knowledge-generation impacts of the ARRA funding. Notably, the study includes an econometric analysis based on the synthetic control method. It will also draw on publication and patent data to inform a network analysis of researchers who play active roles in knowledge translation and brokering.