December 13: MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science and APPAM Host “The Future of Applying Behavioral Science to Social Policy” in Washington


MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science (CABS) and the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) are hosting a forum, “The Future of Applying Behavioral Science to Social Policy,” that will explore the future of behavioral science research, practice, and policy. It will be held Tuesday, December 13, 9:00 am-12:30 pm, at The Event Space, 641 S St, NW, Washington, DC. Sign up today to attend in person or to watch via livestreaming.

This event brings together distinguished experts from MDRC, academia, and the government to share their work and provide insight on next steps for research, practice, and policy. Attendees will learn how lessons from behavioral science research can shape national, state, and local policies in order to improve outcomes for low-income adults and vulnerable youth. Additionally, attendees will come away with knowledge of cutting-edge behavioral science research and take part in a conversation about the future of this fast-growing field.

The full agenda:

9:00-9:15 am


9:15-10:15 am

Panel 1: Family & Work

  • Chair: Emily Schmitt, Administration for Children and Families
  • Presenter: Nadine Dechausay, MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science
  • Presenter: Ariel Kalil, University of Chicago’s Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab
  • Discussant: Lisa Gennetian, New York University & beELL Initiative

10:30 - 10:45 am


  • Maya Shankar, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy [Invited]

10:45 - 11:45 am

Panel 2: Youth

  • Chair: Caitlin Anzelone, MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science
  • Presenter: David Yeager, The University of Texas at Austin & Mindset Scholars Network
  • Presenter: Ben Castleman, University of Virginia
  • Discussant: Brigitte Madrian, Harvard University

11:45 am-12:00 noon

Closing Remarks