« David Satter's Op-Ed on Russia in the WSJ | Main | Screening of Hamilton's America Last Night at the JHU Center »

How IARPA Judges the Success of Investments in Research and Innovation

The Government Analytics Breakfast (GAB) Forum was pleased to welcome Dr. Jason Matheny, Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), and learn about the methods used to evaluate IARPA's research investments.

IARPA is a U.S. Government organization that invests in high-risk, high-payoff research in support of national intelligence.  Approximately one quarter of IARPA's budget is devoted to measuring and evaluating the quality of the research it funds, a very difficult task.  For example, Dr. Matheny noted that scientists often learn a lot from what doesn't work.  IARPA devotes time and resources to recording failures so future scholars can learn from them (and thereby avoid the "file drawer problem").

Two metrics commonly used to measure research success are (1) the number or impact of publications and (2) the transfer of technologies that result from the research undertaken.  Dr. Matheny, explained, however, that these are certainly not the only measures of success available, but it's not clear which measures are "best", particularly when determinig future funding.

Increasingly IARPA is using prize money (instead of traditional contracts) to entice a wider breadth of researchers to investigate solutions that can be applied in the intelligence field.  Under this compensation structure, teams of researchers need not submit proposals to receive funding -- they simply submit their solutions and IARPA then judges which solution(s) is best.

Dr. Matheny concluded by noting the importance of scientists learning how to communicate complex findings to wide audiences.  He suggested the researchers leverage tools like videos and podcasts as means to convey the importance of their work to nontechnical audiences, including high-level policymakers.

You can view the entire talk here.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (4)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.

Reader Comments (31)

Thanks for sharing this post with us.

March 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterStuart

nice article. thanks for information
Cinebistro tampa

March 30, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercinebestro tampa

SahabatQQ constitute Community agent Bandarq that supported gambling online gambling games such as poker and Domino 99

April 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSahabatQQ


April 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterADANA SEO

Thank you for sharing this useful article, love it

April 5, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterتور دبی

Thanks for your article. Your contend is exceptional and more informative for all of science student.I also love science related article. If you have to time to check my site.

April 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Decock

Thanks for your Discussion. You can visit my site to know more. Please Click here

April 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAllen Jhon

This article inspired me to be more active to learn in order to become a useful person

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSophia

Your Blog is Fabulous. Good article rather.Very interesting.I admire the valuable information you offered in your article. Excellent submission very good post.

April 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKasaragod houseboat

How do I join IARPA? I am interested!

April 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDean

How do I join IARPA? I am interested!

April 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDean

How do I join IARPA? I am interested!

April 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDean

How do I join IARPA? I am interested!

April 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDean

Nice article. These are really great tips to follow. Thanks for discussing in details. chennai to shirdi tour package, chennai to shirdi flight package

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSri Sairam Subhayatra

Awesome article. I was very much inspired after seeing this wonderful article. Thanks for the great post. chinese classes in chennai, japanese classes in chennai


April 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCommuniqua

This is really great, unique and very informative post, I like it. thanks for sharing

April 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Very helpful, very informative article. This site has lots of information and it is useful for us. Thanks for sharing the post - chennai to shirdi flight package, shirdi tour package from chennai


Really this information was helpful. I Got some good idea by reading this topic. Great information thanks for sharing this post. - spoken hindi classes in chennai, hindi speaking course


May 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCommuniqua

We focus on creating websites that are effective, and get you noticed.
Your website should help you grow as a business, and this is our goal
when we work on the design and the development of your site.

July 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterWebsite Development

Thank you very much for sharing.

July 14, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterpaykasa bozdurma

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>