The ability to meet most of society’s challenges requires an understanding of human behavior. From health to education to homeland security, advances in SBS have contributed to solving important problems for individuals, organizations, and society. However, connecting decision-makers in government and the private sector with reliable knowledge that can meet their needs and address the concerns of the broader public is complex and requires strategic approaches.
The RT will identify, develop, and disseminate models, resources and guidance to support the following:
1. Strengthening on-going relationships between SBS scientists and decision-makers.
2. Systematic identification, synthesis and building of reliable and relevant knowledge from SBS on issues that matter to decision-makers and the broader public.
3. Clear communication of what is known from SBS on questions that matter to policy makers and society.
4. Capacity and resources for the communication of SBS for various purposes.
5. Social and behavioral science research to improve communication about science to the public, government and private sectors.
To achieve these goals the roundtable brings together those that produce SBS research, those who communicate it, and those who use it. Roundtable members include professionals with expertise in social and behavioral science, communication, business, public health, education, national defense, and federal and state policy. The roundtable convenes broader groups of SBS producers, communicators and consumers to inform its activities and products.
American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, Institute for Social Research, National Academies Presidents Committee, The Spencer Foundation, SAGE Publications, Westat. Sponsors are still needed to support the activities of the roundtable, especially beyond the initial year.
November 17, 2016: Keck 201, 500 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC; Agenda and Background Readings
August 9-10, 2016: NAS Building, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC; Room 120
More information and archived webcast
January 21, 2016: NAS Building, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC; Room 120. Agenda
► Presentations and archived webcast
July 27-28, 2015: Roundtable members and invited guests explored issues and approaches related to increasing the use of social and behavioral science (SBS) research to inform decision making. Discussion topics included improving stakeholder relations, improving communications, and increasing trust in SBS research. ► Agenda and Presentations
January 8, 2015: The first meeting of the roundtable brought together three sets of stakeholders—those who create SBS research, those who use it, and those who know how to communicate about it—to discuss and develop strategies that maximize the usefulness, application, and communication of SBS research. ► Agenda and Presentations