Optimizing the impact of investments in science, technology, and innovation

The RTI Center for Applied Economics and Strategy has policy, economics, and business experts who apply rigorous methods in econometrics, evaluation science, and strategic analysis to characterize how science and technology affect the economy; the environment; and the health, equity, and welfare of a society. Our experts partner with government agencies, organizations, foundations, and the private sector to identify and optimize the impact of investments in research, technology development, and innovation.

We work closely with our clients to define and identify priorities and use cutting-edge research and analytics to determine strategies and solutions. Our team develops state-of-the-art approaches to collect data and analyze impacts relevant for technology and innovation programs, policy design and implementation, research and development ecosystems, specific industries, and/or overall economic growth and productivity. We identify multiple data sources and use statistical analysis to link those multiple datasets to observed changes in the economy and society. Our work spans many areas—including basic and applied research, the environment, global public health, energy, equity, entrepreneurship and commercialization, and technology and research infrastructure.

We specialize in evaluations and strategy development to guide a range of efforts in science, technology, and innovation—including the following:

  • Innovation accelerator programs
  • Research and innovation funding programs 
  • Portfolio and program valuation for scientific research, technology development, and early-stage start-ups
  • Economic impact studies of science, technology, and innovation infrastructure
  • Industry support programs
  • Evaluation, social, and economic impact studies 
  • Strategy to guide development of specific innovations