Our goal was to identify and map the key collaboration activities of the 13 science and technology-based departments and agencies in the federal government, comparing their key S&T processes, capabilities, and activities, and their position relative to each other in the context of the federal S&T innovation ecosystem. From this comparison, we identified a set of common benefits and common collaboration metrics that can be used to measure the impact of the collaboration activity of the 13 SBDAs. The recent acknowledgment of the importance of the role of science in federal activities aligns with a host of federal reviews and policy initiatives were explored and included in our analysis.
By developing a shared goal and a set of common measurements through an innovation collaboration map, the 13 science and technology-based departments, under the guidance of the Federal S&T Secretariat, can better understand how to collaborate more effectively to support change, and how to measure the impact and success of that change.
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