Sunday, October 14, 2007
"Future Directions for National Reviews of Science, Technology, and Innovation in Developing Countries"
National reviews of science, technology, and innovation are designed to help chart a course that encourages systems of scientific inquiry and broadens the engagement of scientific evidence in the policymaking process. The methods used for these reviews have varied between countries and among the agencies involved. To learn from past experiences, in April 2003 some 60 representatives from 12 developing countries and international organizations discussed the impacts of previous science and technology reviews, studied how ongoing national assessments had been designed and were being implemented, and collectively deliberated on how future reviews might be enhanced. The organizations represented at the workshop included the World Bank, Sida, UNCTAD, OECD, and the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD). The summary of that meeting was published jointly by UNESCO and the IDRC in 2003. (PDF, 66 pages.)