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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Roundtable on the Communication and Use of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Roundtable on the Communication and Use of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Past Events

 
Seminars: 

Seminar on Clear and Credible Information from Social and Behavioral Science to Improve Societal Outcomes: Current Approaches and Future Directions 
January 21, 2016:

This policy-focused seminar brought together producers, communicators, and prospective users of social and behavioral sciences, and identified specific actions that researchers and intermediaries could take to address challenges experienced by policymakers and other potential users of social and behavioral research.

Seminar on How to Strengthen News Coverage of Social and Behavioral Science
August 9-10, 2016
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The seminar’s purpose is to improve the identification of newsworthy social and behavioral science and how it is reported through all media. Invited speakers include social and behavioral scientists experienced in communicating science, leading journalists and other media and organizations that use social science in their reporting, and academic experts in uses of media for science communication. The goal is for all participants to learn about how individual researchers, science-based organizations, and people in the media can more effectively work together to convey socially valuable information that benefits the public.

Seminar on Teaching the Social and Behavioral Sciences in K-12 Education: Past, Present, and Future
November 17, 2016:

The goals of this seminar were to understand contemporary efforts to teach social and behavioral science in K-12 education, and determine next steps. Presenters and participants examined new data on the public perception of SBS in K-12, and the current efforts and goals of five SBS disciplines—psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, and economics – and possible linkages to the social studies and science curricula. The seminar concluded with a discussion of priorities within and across these SBS disciplines for supporting the teaching of SBS in the future.

Roundtable Meetings:

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.

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.

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