Maintaining Lockdown and Preparing an Exit Strategy: A View from Social and Behavioral Sciences
Belgian social psychologists presented this memo to the federally appointed committee that is preparing “the gradual exit strategy” from the COVID-19-related lockdown in Belgium.
New Report Illustrates Impact of Evidence on Policy
A new report titled “Evidence Works: Cases Where Evidence Meaningfully Informed Policy” presents 20 case studies describing instances in which evidence was used for government policymaking at the federal, state and local levels, and where policymaking processes were designed to incorporate evidence.
The US Office of Evaluation Sciences Releases 2016-2017 Results
The US Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES), a team of social and behavioral scientists tasked with designing and testing evidence-based interventions within the federal government, has released the results of their most recent evaluations of government programs.
District of Columbia Turns to Science to Improve City Operations
Psychological scientist David Yokum is leading an integrative team of scientists that is helping the District of Columbia conduct controlled trials designed to address affordable housing, policing, and other issues facing the city.
“Form-a-Palooza” Applies Behavioral Science to Improve Washington, DC Government Forms
It’s not every day that city residents get excited to complete paperwork. But that’s exactly what happened when a group of behavioral scientists, design experts, government agency representatives, and DC citizens gathered in Washington, DC.
DC Government Study Finds Body-Worn Cameras Have No Effect on Police Uses of Force
The Lab @ DC, a research team within the Washington, DC city government, has just released the results of a two-year-long study investigating the effects of police body-worn cameras on policing in DC.
Speaking Evidence to Policy
The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking has issued a report that points to significant new opportunities in research and leadership for psychological scientists with expertise in areas including judgment and decision making, analysis and research design, data privacy and ethics issues, and more.
Behavioral ‘Nudges’ Offer a Cost-Effective Policy Tool
A study examining the cost-effectiveness of nudges and typical policy interventions shows that nudges often yield high returns at a low cost.
New Government Reports Showcase Behavioral Science
Evidence-based behavioral strategies are being used to combat everything from tax delinquency to unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions. Reports from the US Social and Behavioral Sciences Team and the UK’s Behavioural Insights Team showcase the latest applications of behavioral science in public policymaking.