About the Lecture Series

Policies designed to solve societal problems are not often supported by rigorous research evidence. Yet professional training in the social and behavioral sciences does not generally prioritize the innovation, evaluation, and (importantly) implementation of scalable policy solutions. Using a variety of creative research designs, social and behavioral scientists have begun to study the research-to-policy pipeline, identifying practices that increase the probability that research-backed policy solutions will be implemented at scale. 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.

Next Event
September 19, 2024
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
University of Pennsylvania
Followed by an informal conversation with:
Anna Harvey, SSRC President
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Events in the Series

Bottlenecks for Evidence Adoption

Stefano DellaVigna, University of California, Berkeley
February 29, 2024, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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Political Science as Problem Solving

Cyrus Samii, New York University
March 14, 2024, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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How Can Scholars Help to Embed Institutions of Public-Sector Change?

Donald Moynihan, Georgetown University
April 18, 2024, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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The Evidence-to-Policy Pipeline

Eva Vivalt, University of Toronto
May 23, 2024, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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Should Social Science Be More Solution-Oriented?

Duncan J. Watts, University of Pennsylvania
September 19, 2024, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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2024 SSRC Katznelson Fellow Lecture

Esther Duflo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
October 10, 2024, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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