Diversity workshop report calls for more federal coordination

One of the recommendations calls for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to take a leadership role in coordinating the development of common data and measures.

As a member of the steering committee of the Collaborative for Enhancing Diversity in Science (CEDS), APA was a partnering organization for a May 2012 workshop, “Enhancing Diversity in Science: Working Together to Develop Common Data, Measures, and Standards.” Reflecting the priority of this issue across the public and private sector, the workshop was cosponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and several private foundations. Workshop participants discussed how best to measure the effectiveness of diversity programs and interventions and how to share best practices from those universities, foundations or programs that have demonstrated success. Recognizing that developing a future scientific workforce that reflects the nation’s growing diversity is a priority across the federal science and education agencies, one of the recommendations called for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to take a leadership role in coordinating the development of common data and measures. The workshop participants also called for a National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) study with two goals: (1) to summarize existing evaluation studies of programs, approaches and interventions to support diversity; and (2) to review current data collection efforts by agencies, colleges and universities and other organizations in order to make recommendations on common data elements.
 
The full report (PDF, 1.87MB) and the executive summary (PDF, 269KB) are now available.

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