“[Is the SBST] really trying to improve our government and lives? Or are they manipulating us to do whatever Uncle Sam wants?
The most effective response is transparency. Tell the American people about the experiments, their goals, and their results. The SBST deserves good marks on that dimension. Its first report provides a good deal of information about each of the pilot studies, both the successes and the failures. As behavioral approaches spread, the government should build on that transparency to ensure that policymakers, media, and the public have the evidence they need to judge their merits.”
Alongside the SBST’s report, the Behavioral Science and Policy Association also announced the launch of the Behavioral Science and Policy Series, which will work to “identify promising avenues for applying behavioral science to public policy at the Federal level in order to improve Americans' lives.” Comprised of close to 20 non-profits and academic institutions, the Series aims to “deliver white papers that propose particular applications of behavioral science that can be applied, tested, and implemented at the Federal level in the near term.”