The social and behavioral sciences (SBS) have made major contributions to our daily lives—and they continue to play a critical role in addressing major policy issues. The National Research Council’s Roundtable on the Application of Social and Behavioral Science Research is premised on the idea that there is a need for better public understanding of the usefulness of SBS research and a commensurate need for researchers to improve their understanding of how, when, and what types of SBS research are used by industry, and the education, military, and public health communities. A dialogue between these groups, and with those who communicate the results of SBS research, can help assure that SBS continues to be relevant and useful in the 21st century.
To support these efforts, the Roundtable on the Application of Social and Behavioral Science Research will bring 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. Roundtable discussions will be grounded in what consumers of SBS have found or might find relevant to their work.
Founding Sponsors (as of May 2014): 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.