Presentation by the President of the Social Science Research Council on the research landscape in social and behavioral sciences | VTX

The Institute for Society, Culture and the Environment will host Social Science Research Council (SSRC) President Anna Harvey as part of Virginia Tech’s sesquicentennial celebration and in recognition of the 15th anniversary of the ‘institute.

Harvey’s lecture, “Social and Behavioral Sciences at Scale,” will be held March 31 from 1 to 2 p.m. at 310 Kelly Hall on the Blacksburg campus and via Zoom. A reception will follow the in-person event. Following his talk, Harvey will network with professors interested in learning more about the Social Science Research Council and its research funding opportunities.

“The Social Science Research Council is one of the leading organizations in the United States focused on promoting social science research and the role social scientists play in addressing pressing contemporary issues,” said Karen Roberto , Executive Director of the Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment and Emeritus University Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences. “We are excited to bring Anna Harvey to Virginia Tech to meet faculty and present the current state of social science research in the United States”

Harvey will present the current social and behavioral science research landscape and strategies that funders and universities can adopt to increase the generation of policy-based evidence of impact at scale.

“For philanthropists and policymakers to have the highest impacts on human well-being per last dollar invested, we need rigorous evaluations of interventions that impact human lives at scale,” Harvey said. . “We don’t need ‘evidence-based policy’, but ‘policy-based evidence’: evidence from experiments and quasi-experiments designed to measure impact at scale.”

In addition to her role as Board Chair, Harvey is Professor of Politics, Affiliate Professor of Data Science, Affiliate Professor of Law, and Founder and Director of New York University’s Public Safety Lab.

The past two years have presented challenges like never before: a pandemic, political polarization, catastrophic weather events, growing recognition of structural racism, widespread misinformation, rising inflation and now a war in Ukraine that threatens the lives of millions. of people and has a global impact. impact.

“Because of the convergence of these complex issues and events, many national leaders and funding agencies have turned to social scientists to better understand how to respond and address these challenges that have cultural, social, political and economic implications. said Isabel Bradburn, associate director of strategic and faculty initiatives at the Institute for Society, Culture and the Environment, which is planning the event.

As a leading social science organization for nearly 100 years, the Social Science Research Council strives to advance evidence-based research for the benefit of humanity through its funding from the research, interdisciplinary programs and initiatives.

The Social Science Research Council currently focuses on four areas of research: emerging technologies and democracy, health and society, inequality and inclusion, and global scholarship and collaboration. Through its programs and partnerships in these areas, the council supports researchers and fosters collaboration between academia, government agencies and industry.

According to its website, the Social Science Research Council was formed in the 1920s, when representatives of many professional social science associations were inspired to create an organization designed to generate new knowledge about pressing societal problems. Since then, the council has coordinated the research, policy, and philanthropic communities in pursuit of evidence-based policies to promote human well-being. The council has offered more than 18,000 fellowships and grants since its inception, enabling researchers to conduct innovative, interdisciplinary research on some of the world’s most complex and important problems.

For more information and to register for the event, visit the Institute for Society, Culture and the Environment webpage.

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