Above: Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck’s foundational book on learning mindsets. Research published this year by Dweck and others found that “brief web-based interventions with high school students can produce big results in their schoolwork.”
Another priority area mentioned in the report is promoting the use of evidence in federal policymaking.
From day one, President Obama has been fully committed to using the best evidence that we have to inform how we design policies and programs. And this effort, the Social and Behavioral Sciences team, is part of a much broader administration wide effort to leverage evidence-based approaches.
In our case, we’re working on ensuring that what we know from scientific research about decision-making, and how people follow through on decisions, and how they engage with programs, and respond to them, are integrated into how we are designing policies and programs.
That translation doesn’t happen automatically or overnight. It requires a dedicated effort to ensure that we’re leveraging the best research. We definitely see ourselves as part of a much broader overall push for using evidence-based approaches and making the government more people-friendly and user-centered.
I want to ask a bit about your own background. Is there anything your parents did for you that many parents don’t do that had a substantial impact on your life?
From a very young age, my mom instilled in me the importance of being proactive, and seeking out opportunities and resources to achieve your goals, because very few opportunities in life just land in your lap.
She moved to the U.S. when she was 21, from south India, and she didn’t know a single soul in this country, including her newlywed husband, who she had just met 21 days prior. —> Read More