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New RSF Journal Issue: Using Administrative Data for Science and Policy

Administrative data collected by the government, schools, hospitals, and other institutions are essential for effectively managing and evaluating public programs. Yet the United States lags behind many other countries when it comes to organizing these data and making linkages across different domains, such as education, health, and the labor market. This double issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, edited by sociologist Andrew Penner (University of California, Irvine) and developmental psychologist Kenneth Dodge (Duke University), and co-published with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, illustrates the potential of administrative data and provides guidance for researchers and policymakers. Contributors across multiple disciplines demonstrate how linking disparate sources of administrative data can help us better understand the challenges faced by people in need, thereby improving the reach and efficiency of policy solutions.

Researchers now have unprecedented access to administrative data to employ in analyzing social issues. Several contributors to this issue show how databases tracking educational attainment yield new insights into the role of schools in either ameliorating or perpetuating socioeconomic inequalities. Other articles demonstrate how the analysis of administrative data can further our understanding of racial and gender inequality. As this issue shows, finding innovative ways to combine multiple data sets can facilitate partnerships between social scientists, administrators, and policymakers and extend our understanding of pressing social issues.

Read the full open-access issue.


New RSF Special Initiative: Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context

In order to address the rapid expansion in the use of behavioral insights in public policy, RSF is pleased to announce a new special research initiative on Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context. The new initiative will support innovative research from diverse methodological perspectives intended to further our understanding of decision-making processes and human behavior in the contexts of work, race, ethnicity, immigration, and social, political, and economic inequality in the United States. RSF encourages applications by scholars in psychology, political science, sociology, and other social science fields who are pursuing questions consistent with the aims of the foundation.

Under the new initiative, RSF is particularly interested in research on the role that biases, incentives, or emotions play in decision making and behavior across multiple contexts; how socio-economically consequential habits are formed and changed; and the extent to which contexts and networks affect decisions and behavior.

The first deadline for letters of inquiry (LOIs) for the new initiative will be May 23, 2019, at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

Read more about the new initiative and apply for funding.


Funding Opportunities in RSF Programs and Special Initiatives

RSF is accepting letters of inquiry until May 23, 2019, at 2 p.m. Eastern Time for these programs and special initiatives: Behavioral Economics; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; Social, Political and Economic Inequality; the first round for Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context; Immigration and Immigrant Integration; and the final round for the Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act.
View all funding deadlines and application guidelines.

RSF is also accepting applications for visiting journalists in residence at the foundation until May 1, 2019.
Read more about opportunities for journalists at RSF.


RSF Accepting Visiting Scholar Applications for 2020-2021 Academic Year

The foundation’s visiting scholar program, established over thirty years ago, is a unique opportunity for social scientists to pursue research projects that investigate essential questions on social, economic, and political life in the U.S. while in residence at RSF. The program fosters the exchange of ideas in a vibrant interdisciplinary environment and promotes collaborations between researchers. Applications are reviewed by outside experts; final selections are made by RSF trustees. Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will be accepted until June 27, 2018.

View further information on the program, including eligibility requirements and application guidelines.


How to Apply for Funding at RSF: Grant Writing Webinar on Friday, May 3

The foundation will host a webinar on Friday, May 3rd, at 2:00 p.m. ET, focused on how to write and submit a proposal for our programs. We encourage all new and previous applicants to participate. Click here to register for the Grant Writing Seminar on May 3.

For more information on RSF’s grant making process, please visit our website to review our grant writing guidelines and view a 5-minute video on how to use our new grants management system.


RSF Authors, Visiting Scholars, and Trustees Receive Guggenheim Fellowships and Are Elected Members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS)

RSF author Suzanne Mettler (Cornell University) and former RSF visiting scholars Constance Allen Nathanson (Columbia University) and Lincoln Quillian (Northwestern University) have been awarded John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed annually in a number of scholarly disciplines. Mettler has been awarded a fellowship in political science, and Nathanson and Quillian have been awarded fellowships in sociology. Read more about the Guggenheim Fellows here.

RSF trustees Kathryn Edin (Princeton University), Sara McLanahan (Princeton University), and Hirokazu Yoshikawa (New York University), grantee Samuel S. Bowles (Santa Fe Institute), and visiting scholar Peter Hall (Harvard University) have been elected as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. AAAS members are selected annually and are leaders in academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs. Read more about the AAAS Fellows here.


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