COSSA Releases 2018 U.S. Legislative Agenda for Social Science Research

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COSSA (the Consortium of Social Science Associations), of which NCFR is a member, has developed the latest version of its annual legislative agenda, outlining U.S. Congressional priorities for 2018. Of particular note is priority #4 regarding the use of social science research to ensure that policy-making is based on sound evidence. Professionals in the family field are free to use this legislative agenda as a resource in their own outreach to elected officials. 

COSSA's 2018 priorities are (in no particular order):

  1. Cancel harmful sequestration cuts and protect non-defense discretionary spending.
  2. Provide real growth in research funding, including for basic research, across all STEM disciplines (including social and behavioral science).
  3. Invest in and protect the federal statistical and data enterprise.
  4. Support the use of social science across federal agencies to ensure policies are based on sound evidence.

For more detail on each of these priorities, please see the full legislative agenda.