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By Consortium of Social Science Associations | Published: April 23, 2015
A bill which essentially halves National Science Foundation spending on the social sciences passed its first legislative test Wednesday on a party-line vote.
By Michael J.I. Brown | Published: April 23, 2015
Critics of various bits of research often go to great lengths to make the studies seem silly, not serious. But 'silly' endeavors often result in serious societal gains -- and maybe a boost for your career.
By Suzanne Bouffard | Published: April 21, 2015
Every year, innocent people sit in prison cells, some of them even on death row. A surprising number are there because they confessed to crimes they did not commit. Psychologist Saul Kassin is looking into why.
By Consortium of Social Science Associations | Published: April 17, 2015
Ed. – The Consortium of Social Science Associations released the following statement in response to the draft House Resolution 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015, released earlier this week. COSSA, a Social Science Space partner, is a nonprofit organization serving as a united voice for more than 115 professional associations, scientific societies, research […]
By Social Science Space | Published: April 15, 2015
A new version of landmark legislation that has defined science research spending by the U.S. government for almost a decade has been released, and social science spending is -- as expected -- is in the crosshairs.
By David Canter | Published: April 15, 2015
David Canter examines the latest themed issue of the journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, which approaches how we determine what our 'self' is. These abstract arguments have important implications in areas such as national security and even finance, he finds.
By Suzanne Bouffard | Published: April 14, 2015
Who would have more valuable feedback than the people being assisted about how or why a program is meeting their genuine needs or not. Using 'behavioral mapping,' researchers can design better interventions based on real-life data and not the researchers' own assumptions.
By Sense About Science | Published: April 14, 2015
A survey of MPs’ attitudes has found unexpected support for using randomised controlled trials (RCTs) to test social policy. It also found tensions over fairness, and a preference for personal stories when talking to the public. Read Tracey Brown’s blog on the survey results If we want evidence-accountable policies, stop bashing MPs The report, launched on […]
By Lorna McConville | Published: April 13, 2015
The following articles are drawn from SAGE Insight, which spotlights research published in SAGE’s more than 800 journals. The articles linked below are free to read for a limited period. _________ Urbanization: A Solution to Poverty? Social Change This article highlights how the current policies in India aimed to discourage rural–urban migration needs to shift policy focus […]
By Mitchell Stevens | Published: April 13, 2015
Kevin Carey deftly explains how a series of historical contingencies combined to create the peculiar mash-up that is the contemporary research university, according to a new book by Kevin Carey.