What’s New from NCSES

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The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) leads several cutting-edge research projects and initiatives that further our mission on collecting and disseminating objective information on the science and engineering (S&E) enterprise.

Ongoing Projects and Initiatives


America’s DataHub Consortium

America’s DataHub Consortium (ADC) is a groundbreaking initiative sponsored by NCSES to collaborate with the Federal Statistical System. ADC advances NCSES’s mission by supporting exciting activities related to increased data access and sharing, strengthening infrastructure, and promoting innovative analysis across the S&E landscape.

Check out a recent press release on the project here.

Interested in learning more? Please visit

Committee on National Statistics Panel on Transparency and Reproducibility of Federal Statistics for NCSES

NCSES has partnered with the National Academy’s Committee on National Statistics to launch a consensus panel study to examine the degree of transparency and reproducibility of federal statistics. This ad hoc panel studied issues related to documenting and archiving statistical data products with the desired objective of enabling NCSES to enhance the transparency and reproducibility of the agency’s statistics and to facilitate the improvement of the statistical program workflow processes for the agency and its contractors. The principal questions to be addressed include the following:

  • What should an agency do to make available, both internally and externally, archives of the original data sets used to generate sets of official statistics?
  • How should an agency document the treatments conducted on raw data before final estimates are computed (e.g., for treatment of failed edits or nonresponse)?
  • What is the best way for an agency to record what goes into the computation of the final published estimates?

The full report can be accessed here.

Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building

NCSES’s Director, Emilda B. Rivers, is serving as the Acting Chair for the Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building (ACDEB). The purpose of the committee is to review, analyze, and make recommendations on how to promote the use of federal data for evidence building. Its duties include assisting the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on issues of access to data and providing recommendations on how to facilitate data sharing, data linkage, and privacy enhancing techniques. The Committee, which OMB has delegated to the Commerce Department's Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, submitted a publicly available annual report on its activities and findings to the OMB Director.

The Year 1 Report is available for review here.

Collaboration by NCSES and the Bureau of Economic Analysis on Global Value Chains and Intangibles

NCSES and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are collaborating on a new project to better understand production and use of research and development and other intellectual property products in global value chains (GVCs). In partnership with NCSES, BEA just released its first prototype of data on value added trade. These data provide new insights into the way U.S. knowledge- and technology-intensive industries and other sectors of the economy interact in production and trade activities involving GVCs. Check out the new data here

For more information on this project, please contact

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Join the Conversation around NCSES Data on the PEERS Forum

NCSES is partnering with the PEERS Data Hub (Partnership for Expanding Education Research in STEM) community to highlight NCSES STEM data and to connect with other peer researchers who are interested in exchanging ideas on various topics such as the S&E workforce, fields of study, and education. Join the conversation here.

Skilled Technical Workforce Initiative

One emerging research area for NCSES is the workforce that is highly skilled in S&E fields but does not possess a bachelor's degree or above. As a clearinghouse for objective data on the U.S. S&E workforce, NCSES has developed a broad understanding of the policy issues that concern skilled technical workers and is well-positioned to champion a coordinated effort to address the lack of information on the skilled technical workforce (STW).

In response to interest from the National Academies' Committee on National Statistics, the National Science Board's STW Task Force, and the Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and Apprenticeships Act (2018), NCSES has established an STW Initiative that includes five major activities that constitute a framework to guide NCSES's efforts to measure and understand the STW.

Find out more about the STW Initiative here.

Latest News and Announcements from NCSES

Understanding Diversity in STEM: Recorded Webinar on WMPD Day

WMPD Day recognizes and celebrates women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in STEM. The theme of this year’s WMPD Day was “Recognize. Celebrate. Build."
  • Recognize the gains that have been made and the gaps that remain.
  • Celebrate the stories of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in STEM making a difference in our communities and around the world and the organizations creating opportunity and empowering the next generation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in STEM.
  • Build new ways to empower a more diverse and dynamic STEM workforce.
The May 2021 webinar highlighted the release of the 2021 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering and showcased presentations by National Science Board Chair Ellen Ochoa, NCSES Director Emilda Rivers, National Science Foundation Assistant Director Arthur Lupia, and other leaders from the National Science Foundation and across science and engineering.
The full recorded webinar is now available here.

Survey of Earned Doctorates Restricted Data Analysis System Data Tool Release

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NCSES is pleased to announce the official release of its Restricted Data Analysis System (RDAS). RDAS is a new online data tool designed to expand public access to the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) data which allows users to generate customized data tables on a simple yet powerful interface in a secured platform. The SED RDAS contains a comprehensive set of variables from the 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 SED that are not publicly accessible elsewhere.
For more information on the SED RDAS tool, please visit the Learning Materials section on the RDAS home page. For technical or data questions, contact