A Single Insight Can Shape The Future
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 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
Missed the opportunity to attend BSPA 2020? Watch online now!
On May 28 & 29th, BSPA hosted its first ever *virtual* conference. Featuring Dan Ariely, David Brooks from the NYT, Shankar Vedantam from NPR, sessions on COVID-19, the state of behavioral science at the city and federal level, latest publications, and many more exciting sessions, we encourage you to sign up for access to a compelling two days.Watch online now
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
Since #BECC2020 is going virtual, you have one more chance to submit your ideas. We have reopened ABSTRACTS! (Even if you already submitted for this year's conference). Submit yours by July 24, 2020. For more information visit: https://t.co/gGxHaIxq5R pic.twitter.com/xSENj4Lyn6— BECC Conference (@BECCconference) July 8, 2020
Take part in a 10-minute survey on research practices in social science by University College London, U.K. at: https://t.co/lsCuGseUBD— Kyoo Hwa Kim (@KyooHwa) July 1, 2020
Your answers in this anonymous survey will help us identify trends in social science research. @BeSciPol
As #coronavirus lockdowns relax worldwide, what activities might be riskier than others?— Information is Beautiful (@infobeautiful) July 3, 2020
Visualized advice & professional opinions from over 500 epidemiologists & health experts as quoted in various media articles (@NYTimes, @Reuters, @NPR) pic.twitter.com/3Yaowq7QC2
So far this year, books in behavioral science have explored the positives of peer pressure, unpacked the essentials of behavioral design, urged us to look upstream, immersed us in the game of poker, revealed boredom’s true call, and much more. https://t.co/JykMWspXIH— Behavioral Scientist (@behscientist) July 9, 2020
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
Become a Member
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