As part of its mandate to provide information useful to practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and the public, the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSE) prepares about 30 reports a year, including Science and Engineering Indicators for the National Science Board and Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering. 2012 editions were published for both of these reports.
Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) is first and foremost a volume of record comprising the major high-quality quantitative data on the U.S. and international science and engineering enterprise. SEI is factual and policy neutral. It does not offer policy options, and it does not make policy recommendations. SEI employs a variety of presentation styles — tables, figures, narrative text, bulleted text, Web-based links, highlights, introductions, conclusions, reference lists — to make the data accessible to readers with different information needs and different information-processing preferences.
Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering provides statistical information about the participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering education and employment. A formal report, now in the form of a digest, is issued every 2 years.