Daniel Basco

daniel basco
Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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B.S. in social policy, Northwestern University; M.Phil in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Daniel Basco is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. His dissertation focuses on gathering insights from private sector and philanthropic sector organizations to inform the development of a new strategy to improve the effectiveness of Federal R&D impact evaluations. Broadly, Basco's research agenda focuses on how to improve research and development (R&D) programs and policies to more effectively foster innovation. Recently, he led a project funded by the National Science Foundation that explored whether science policy researchers or U.S. government officials could come to a consensus on the core metrics needed to measure the impacts of R&D.

Prior to RAND, Basco was a fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses' Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI). At STPI, he conducted legal, qualitative, and statistical analyses for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and several federal agencies. His projects covered a wide range of topics including federal scientific workforce concerns, the release of federal data on scientific achievements, and evaluations of federal science education programs. Basco has also worked as a consultant for the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health to design better systems to track the results of their investments.

Basco graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in social policy and a minor in economics.

Recent Projects

  • Developing a Consensus on Metrics that Measure the Impact of Federal R&D Investments (Co-PI)

Selected Publications

Rita Karam, Charles Goldman, Daniel Basco & Diana Carew, Managing the Expansion of Graduate Education in Texas, RAND Corporation (RR-1899), 2017

Daniel Basco, Lisa Campo-Engelstein, Sarah Rodriguez, "Insuring against infertility: expanding state infertility mandates to include fertility preservation technology for cancer patients," Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, 38(4):832-9, 2010

Honors & Awards

  • ARA Research Support Award (2017), National Defense Research Institute, RAND Corporation
  • Dissertation Support Award (2016), National Defense Research Institute, RAND Corporation