How Can Scholars Help to Embed Institutions of Public-Sector Change?

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.

The SSRC Joins the UN’s Scientific Advisory Network

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.

Shedding Light on Jail Incarceration with Data

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.

Scaling Vaccine Demand Solutions

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.

Data Fluencies Call for Proposals: Workshop on AI Policy Challenges

The Council’s Data Fluencies Program announces a call for proposals for its research development workshop, Drilling Down to the Data: Navigating Data Politics at the Heart of AI Policy, to be held on July 22–23, 2024. The workshop is designed to support research from across fields that has a clear policy impact and that contributes to evidence-based AI regulation discussions.

Jail Data Initiative Offers Tools to Researchers and Policymakers

With support from Arnold Ventures, the Jail Data Initiative collects daily person-level jail records in over 1,300 counties to enable the research and policy communities to better understand the causes and consequences of jail incarceration. A joint project of the Social Science Research Council and New York University’s Public Safety Lab, the Jail Data Initiative’s dashboard and downloadable data allow researchers to identify policies that can safely reduce jail incarceration.

Frontiers in Social and Behavioral Science – March 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.

New University Advisory Board Joins Industries of Ideas Project

The Social Science Research Council, the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS), and the Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) are pleased to welcome a new University Advisory Board to the Industries of Ideas project. Representatives from 35 universities nationwide have joined our National Science Foundation-supported collaboration to map the economic impacts of federal investments in university-based research in emerging technologies. The advisory board will provide critical input into a prototype data infrastructure linking person-level university grant data with state workforce data for the fields of AI and electric vehicle research. The board’s input will help ensure that the prototype is responsive to the needs of universities and can be scaled to other states, universities, and research areas.