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Who We Are
the behavioral science & policy association is a global community of public and private sector decision makers, behavioral science researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners with a bold mission to promote the application of rigorous behavioral science research that serve the public interest. bspa is a non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.Learn More About BSPA
bsp volume 7 issue 1 – out now!
The new issue of Behavioral Science & Policy focuses on a range of topics, including nudges to promote health and safety, leadership training and development in organizations, and policies to encourage the use of public transportation and enhance the well-being of families and communities. For example, Daniella Meeker, Jason Doctor and colleagues provide experimental evidence for how lotteries can motivate exercise class enrollment and encourage persistence with the class over time.read now
bsp special issue: covid-19 – out now
bsp is an international double peer-reviewed journal featuring short, accessible articles describing actionable policy applications of behavioral scientific research that serves the public interest. our latest publication highlights ‘social and behavioral science interventions at the federal level’ – be sure to check it out online or in print if you haven’t done so already.Learn More
Promoting the dissemination of behavioral science insights
Convening communities and dialogues that promote the accessibility of social and behavioral science to policymakers and other practitioners
Translating Behavioral Science
Reviewing and interpreting state of the art research concerning practically relevant scientific knowledge for non-experts
Our Spotlight Workshops bring policymakers, practitioners & scientists together to brainstorm various research ‘best-practices’ & subject areas in a local setting.
Topics such as energy, pre-K education, health and financial decision making can drive the agenda.
BSPA facilitated working groups consist of the top experts in the world coalescing around local, federal and global government priorities in order to facilitate actionable insights being put into practice. Most recently, BSPA provided working groups aimed at providing advisory to the White House’s SBST.
BSPA holds an Annual Conference aimed at bringing together behavioral scientists, policymakers, executives and press to challenge assumptions on how the behavioral sciences can be applied across multiple contexts, & highlighting the most relevant findings to private & public sector policy makers.
BSPA is developing an open access, curated Archive of applicable behavioral science research, vetted by a team of leading scientists & policy experts. The Archive will provide research that has implications for program choices within a specific area of focus & identify tools to facilitate effective implementation of such insights for users to tap into.
BSPA acts as a conduit for the global behavioral science community – connecting academics, practitioners and policymakers through our network.
Our individual & co-sponsored events facilitate introductions & projects to foster cross-institutional collaboration.
Our Favorite Tweets This Week
Many 2022 candidates do not acknowledge results of 2020 election. This is a huge problem.— Robb Willer (@RobbWiller) September 15, 2022
How can we persuade people not to support undemocratic candidates in the 2022 midterms?@jgvoelkel & I offer insights from the Strengthening Democracy Challenge.https://t.co/ivG8XeAYT9
Do high stakes matter in #vaccine lotteries? Analyzing data from the Philly Vax Sweepstakes, @katy_milkman, @ChangeBcfg & colleagues find that boosting the odds of winning is ineffectual to increase #COVID19 vaccination uptake.https://t.co/r7rY21MyZW— NatureHumanBehaviour (@NatureHumBehav) September 2, 2022
A new @nberpubs paper found cognitive-endurance training leads to better educational outcomes. How? “It wasn’t that they had stronger brains, but the experience of fatigue was something they learned to interpret as a good thing,” says @angeladuckw. https://t.co/U1y1m41fPv— No Stupid Questions (@NSQ_Show) September 14, 2022
Happiness plummets in mid-life— Jay Van Bavel (@jayvanbavel) August 31, 2022
According to an analysis if seven recent data sets, covering 51 countries and 1.3 million randomly sampled people. https://t.co/kjIMnA5E8Z
The effects of the mid-life dip is comparable to major life events such as losing a spouse or employment. pic.twitter.com/SlbnLB0DER
BSP is an international peer-reviewed journal featuring short, accessible articles describing actionable policy applications of behavioral scientific research that serves the public interest. Edited by foremost disciplinary scholars for scientific rigor, and leading policy analysts for relevance and feasibility of implementation, manuscripts that pass this dual-review are professionally edited to ensure accessibility to a broad audience including policy makers, executives, behavioral scientists, and educated lay readers. BSP is an interdisciplinary joint publication of BSPA and the Brookings Institution.Learn more about BSP and other publications
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There is a growing movement among public and private sector leaders to help bridge the divide between behavioral research and policy. We are a key part of this movement — as an information hub and as a community builder, fostering collaboration and connecting those applying behavioral science to specific problems for the greater good. We need you to join us in making this effort have a lasting impact.Join Us