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 RAND. His research focuses on how to improve research and development (R&D) programs and policies to more effectively foster innovation. Recently, Basco 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

Selected Publications

Daniel Basco, Lis Camp-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