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Project Title:

The Use of Social Science Knowledge in Public Policy
PIN: DBASSE-CFE-09-09        

Major Unit:

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Sub Unit: Center for Education

RSO: Straf, Miron

Subject/Focus Area: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Education

Project Scope
The committee will develop a framework for further research that can improve the use of social science knowledge in policymaking. The committee will review the knowledge utilization and other relevant literature to assess what is known about how social science knowledge is used in policymaking. The framework will indicate the potential for new ways of understanding the use of social science knowledge in policymaking. The framework will also have implications for the content and scope of training in schools and programs that prepare students for careers that use social science knowledge in policymaking.

The project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the W.T. Grant Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

The approximate start date for the project is October 1, 2009.

A report will be issued at the end of the project in approximately 12 months.

The project duration has been extended. The report is expected to be issued in fall 2011.

Please note that the Project Title and Scope have been updated (10/11/11).

Project Duration: 12 months    

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 Meeting 1 - 10/09/2009
 Meeting 2 - 05/21/2010


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