In 2012, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of International and Integrative Activities, International Science and Engineering
(OIIA-ISE) section asked the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) to evaluate the role, function, and value of its three overseas
offices, covering Europe, Japan, and China. The report's independent assessment described the complexity of the environment in which the
overseas offices operate and offered a summary of the data analyzed to inform future NSF management and implementation efforts and to give
guidance to future analyses of the contributions of overseas offices in the context of global science.