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The Social Science Research Council has launched Intersections, a new online knowledge platform that curates and synthesizes research evidence on the role of religion in international affairs. Leveraging the infrastructure of the SSRC’s Research Area Mapping Platform (RAMP) initiative, its mission is to act as a resource for researchers, policymakers, media professionals, and the wider public.
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As part of a new series profiling participants in SSRC’s Criminal Justice Innovation Fellowship program, Romaine Campbell talks about his research on police and prison policies.
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May 23rd, 2024 | 2:00 PM Eastern

In this installment of our Research to Solve Problems lecture series, Eva Vivalt (University of Toronto) will discuss her research conducted with policymakers, practitioners, and researchers at World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank workshops. The results illustrate how each of these three groups respond to and weigh evidence when it is presented to them, and which types of evidence policymakers tend to weigh more heavily.

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The Social Science Research Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2024 Data Fluencies Dissertation Grants, in partnership with Simon Fraser University and with support from the Mellon Foundation. The awards will support five Ph.D. students’ research projects on just and equitable uses of information, data, and technology.
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Together with the Inter-American Foundation, we are pleased to announce a new fellowship opportunity to advance rigorous field-based research on actionable questions about community-led development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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April 18th, 2024 | 2:00 PM Eastern
In this installment of our Research to Solve Problems lecture series, Donald Moynihan (Georgetown University) will discuss how social and behavioral scientists interested in the applied study of public services can think about ways for their research to have an impact. Professor Moynihan will draw from his experience studying government processes to discuss the purposeful framing of public problems, and how researchers can design solutions of interest to policymakers.
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The SSRC has been asked to join the UN’s new scientific advisory network, sharing insights into how the social and behavioral sciences might contribute to more effective science and technology policy. In this post, SSRC President Anna Harvey shares the SSRC’s initial contributions on the UN’s priority issues of artificial intelligence, climate change, and biotechnology.
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The Social Science Research Council and Arnold Ventures are pleased to announce the appointment of six Criminal Justice Innovation Fellows. The postdoctoral fellows will pursue policy-relevant causal research on interventions with the potential to increase the equity and efficacy of criminal justice practices, as well as support the Arnold Ventures Criminal Justice team in its research and policy work.
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The SSRC Jail Data Initiative, collecting daily person-level jail data in approximately 1,300 counties, welcomes the inaugural Jail Data Initiative postdoctoral fellow. The JDI fellow will use frontier causal inference methods to analyze the impacts of recently enacted criminal justice policies on jail incarceration and community safety, leveraging the JDI’s over 10 million booking records to discover new policy-relevant insights.
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The Mercury Project’s 18-team global research consortium is preparing to report findings and launch the next phase of its work. At an upcoming Solutions Summit in Nairobi, researchers and global health policy leaders will identify the most promising interventions to increase vaccine demand from the Mercury Project’s first phase of work, and will develop master protocol blueprints to evaluate those interventions across multiple diverse settings.
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