Daniel Basco

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Adjunct Policy Researcher
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.Phil in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; B.S. in social policy, Northwestern University


Daniel Basco is an adjunct policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, where he currently works on higher education and entrepreneurship policy issues. Basco previously was an assistant policy researcher and doctoral fellow at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His work has primarily focused on developing and evaluating new programs and policies for state and federal policymakers. Throughout his time at RAND, Basco has led several projects including a study funded by the National Science Foundation that developed a consensus on the core metrics necessary for evaluating the impacts of Federal R&D investments.

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 earned his Ph.D. and M.Phil. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Basco also 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)
  • Federal Workshop for Designing a National Evaluation System to Inform Future R&D Program Planning (PI)

Selected Publications

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