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The administration’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Team and new report

The Obama administration recently established a new unit called the “Social and Behavioral Sciences Team” (SBST), led by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. SBST was created to conduct rigorous research on ways to make government programs more effective and efficient. SBST comprises leading experts who have been recruited into government to harness behavioral science insights to help federal government programs better serve the nation while saving taxpayer dollars. The team launched a wide variety of evidence-based pilots, with objectives ranging from connecting veterans with employment and educational counseling benefits to helping struggling student borrowers understand their loan repayment options.

On September 18, the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution will host a discussion on Capitol Hill that features a new report being released by SBST. Members of the Team will explain their goals and summarize results of their research. A panel of experts will then respond to the SBST report and presentations.

All speakers will then take questions.  A light breakfast will be available beginning at 8:45 a.m.

Agenda

Welcome

Presentation

David Yokum

Social and Behavioral Sciences Team - The White House

Panel Discussion

Jon Baron

Vice-President of Evidence-Based Policy - Laura and John Arnold Foundation

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