What is 'Behavioral Science'?
BSPA takes a broad view of Behavioral Science, describing it as the cross-disciplinary science of understanding the causes of individual, group and organizational behavior across different levels. Behavioral Science encompasses the social sciences, and brings together insights and methods from a variety of fields and disciplines, for example judgement and decision-making, behavioral economics, organizational behavior, neuroscience, and social and cognitive psychology. Under the umbrella of Behavioral Science, these disciplines, which separately do not provide a complete picture of human behavior, offer a comprehensive toolkit to bridge the gap between economic models and everyday reality to shape both private- and public-sector policy and practice.
Why does BSPA exist?
BSPA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, bi-partisan organization promoting public understanding of how empirically validated insights from behavioral science can provide innovative and effective policy solutions. A membership organization, BSPA fosters engagement between the behavioral science and policy communities, helps link existing organizations in the space, aggregates resource and event information, prioritizes, vets, and promotes new research, and facilitates the spread and implementation of actionable insights within the field through matchmaking and other activities.
Is BSPA linked with any particular political ideology?
BSPA is a nonpartisan, independent organization, free from political bias or an obligation to favor members of a particular institution. We instead focus on promoting collaboration across individuals, disciplines, and organizations – publicizing work of merit, regardless of the source.
How is BSPA funded?
BSPA relies on dues from individual members, grants, sales of our publication Behavioral Science & Policy, and the generosity of foundations and philanthropists to fund our operations.
How can I participate?
We are constantly looking to partner with others, and would love to have you join us, as a paid member, or a volunteer! To stay up-to-date on our activities and opportunities, sign up for our monthly newsletter which features calls for papers, participation in work groups, and highlights BSPA events as well as our other community members.
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