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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 vol. 5 issue 1 – 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 about BSP
IMPORTANT – BSPA 2020 Conference **Now Virtual** May 28-29
In response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the 2020 BSPA conference is going virtual.
All of the original programming—and new programming uniquely fit for digital—will instead be hosted online during the week of May 25th, with live streaming and interactive sessions from 11am-4pm (EST) on May 28th and 29th.Learn More
Congrats to Richard Thaler
Congrats Richard Thaler on becoming the 2017 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences for his pioneering work on behavioral economics. He becomes the 3rd BSPA Advisory Board Member to have received the Nobel Prize, following Daniel Kahneman (2002) and Elinor Ostrom (2009)
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
Messages encouraging us to be more considerate of the wellbeing of others is a strong motivator in changing behaviour. @RebRebele and @AdamMGrant on why we might not wash our hands for ourselves, but will for others. https://t.co/hNxTzR2ZQu #COVID19 #CoronaVirus— Dan Cable (@DanCable1) March 18, 2020
Interviews with laboratory directors and public-health experts reveal a Fyre-Festival-like cascade of problems that have led to a dearth of tests at a time when America desperately needs them, @olgakhazan reports. https://t.co/MLPrrZp1IC— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) March 14, 2020
Images of people defying social distancing recommendations have been leading news coverage over the past few days.— Behavioral Scientist (@behscientist) March 20, 2020
But *why* aren't people listening to the experts' warnings?
Can knowing why help improve compliance?@Swarthmore's @spbhanot explains: https://t.co/JDaWpQj3tv
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