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Supporting the Call for Philanthropy at Scale

Mercury Project directors Heather Lanthon and Rebecca Gluskin respond to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s annual letter laying out the foundation’s investment agenda. For successful programs to translate into meaningful change, philanthropies have to also invest in the social and behavioral science needed to scale those programs.

Frontiers in Social and Behavioral Science – February 2024

Frontiers in Social and Behavioral Science features new research in the flagship journals of the Social Science Research Council’s founding disciplinary associations. Every month we publish a new selection of articles from the most recent issues of these journals, marking the rapid advance of the frontiers of social and behavioral science.

Bottlenecks for Evidence Adoption

February 29th, 2024 | 3:00 PM EST
Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) have become an increasingly used tool for governments to evaluate whether a particular program or improvement to a program could work. But once a government has that evidence, what determines if they will use it? In this installment of our Research to Solve Problems lecture series, Stefano DellaVigna (UC Berkeley) will discuss ways researchers might address bottlenecks to evidence adoption in their research design.

2024 College and University Fund Lecture Series: Research to Solve Problems

For over 100 years, the Council has mobilized policy-relevant social and behavioral science aimed at finding actionable solutions to pressing societal challenges. But public policy is not always supported by rigorous research evidence, and professional training in the social and behavioral sciences does not generally prioritize the innovation, evaluation, and (importantly) implementation of scalable policy solutions. In this virtual lecture series, faculty from College and University Fund member institutions share their work to understand how to pursue research that solves problems.

Research to Solve Problems

The 2023 SSRC Centennial Lectures showcased a shared focus on not only describing problems, but also finding solutions to those problems. SSRC President Anna Harvey reflects on what it means to pursue research designed to solve problems, and how the SSRC can most effectively support problem-solving research.

Frontiers in Social and Behavioral Science – January 2024

Frontiers in Social and Behavioral Science features new research in the flagship journals of the Social Science Research Council’s founding disciplinary associations. Every month we publish a new selection of articles from the most recent issues of these journals, marking the rapid advance of the frontiers of social and behavioral science.

Frontiers in Social and Behavioral Science – December 2023

At the 100th anniversary of the Council’s founding, we are proud to honor its founders and to celebrate the achievements of policy-relevant and solutions-oriented social and behavioral science. Every month Frontiers features an article from the most recent issue of each founding association’s flagship journal. Across disciplines, the frontiers of social and behavioral science are rapidly advancing, and with them, our collective capacity to support global well-being. Explore the seven articles featured in the December research roundup here.

2023 College and University Fund Conference: Social and Behavioral Science as R&D

As a capstone to the Council’s Centennial year, this convening brought together leaders of consortium member universities, philanthropic foundations, and public funders of science to celebrate the achievements of 100 years of socially valuable social and behavioral science, and to explore new opportunities for social and behavioral science R&D to find cost-effective and scalable solutions to our most pressing societal challenges. Click here to learn more and read a full summary of the event.

Frontiers in Social and Behavioral Science – November 2023

At the 100th anniversary of the Council’s founding, we are proud to honor its founders and to celebrate the achievements of policy-relevant and solutions-oriented social and behavioral science. Every month Frontiers features an article from the most recent issue of each founding association’s flagship journal. Across disciplines, the frontiers of social and behavioral science are rapidly advancing, and with them, our collective capacity to support global well-being. Explore the seven articles featured in the November research roundup here.

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