Consensus Study Report
Addressing the Long-Term Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children and Families 

This new report from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families identifies social, emotional, behavioral, educational, mental, physical, and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and looks at strategies for addressing the challenges and obstacles that the pandemic introduced for children and families in marginalized communities. The report provides recommendations for programs, supports, and interventions to counteract the negative effects of the pandemic on child and family well-being and offers a path forward to recover from the harms of the pandemic, address inequities, and prepare for the future.

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Sponsors: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

 

 

Consensus Report Study
Advancing Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEMM Organizations: Beyond Broadening Participation

A new report from the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences outlines actions that top leaders and gatekeepers in STEMM organizations, such as presidents and chief executive officers, can take to foster a culture and climate of antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion that is genuinely accessible and supportive to all. The resource also examines the backdrop of systemic racism in the United States that has harmed and continues to harm people from minoritized groups, which is critical for understanding the unequal representation in STEMM.

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Sponsors: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Fred Kavli Endowment Fund, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Ralph J. Cicerone and Carol M. Cicerone Endowment for NAS Missions, Rita Allen Foundation, and The Shanahan Family Charitable Foundation.

 

 

Consensus Report Study
An Updated Measure of Poverty: (Re)Drawing the Line

A new report from the Committee on National Statistics recommends updating the methodology used by the Census Bureau to calculate the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) to reflect household’s basic needs. The report recommends that the more comprehensive SPM replace the current Official Poverty Measure as the primary statistical measure of poverty the Census Bureau uses. The report assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the SPM and provides recommendations for updating its methodology and expanding its use in recognition of the needs of most American families such as medical care, childcare, and housing costs.

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Sponsors: U.S. Census Bureau

 

 

Consensus Report Study
Behavioral Economics: Policy Impact and Future Directions

The Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences produced a new report to assess the contributions of behavioral economics to public policy. The report examines the application of behavioral economics in six public policy domains: health, retirement benefits, climate change, social safety net benefits, climate change, education, and criminal justice, and concludes that behavioral economics concepts are indispensable for the design of policy. It makes recommendations about the integration of behavioral specialists into policy development within government units, and for strengthening research methodology. It identifies research priorities for building on the field’s accomplishments to date.

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Sponsors: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the National Academy of Sciences W.K. Kellogg Foundation

 

 

Rapid Expert Consultation
Addressing COVID-19–Related Challenges Facing Individuals Engaged in Precarious Employment

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated challenges facing workers engaged in precarious employment – those in positions commonly characterized by little to no job security, low wages, and few or no benefits. Through the first three years of the pandemic, many of these workers reported increased exposure to COVID-19, limited access to sick leave, job losses, and reduced hours.

The latest guidance from the Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN) identifies strategies that state and local decision makers can use to mitigate COVID-19–related challenges facing individuals engaged in precarious employment, with particular attention to strategies that can remedy existing inequalities.

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Sponsor: National Science Foundation

 

 

Proceedings of a Workshop
Assisted Resettlement and Community Viability on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast

Strategically moving communities and infrastructure away from environmentally high-risk areas has been one of the most controversial ways humans respond to climate-related hazards. It is difficult to identify when, to where, by whom, and the processes by which such movement should take place. Our new publication includes key insights from individuals with lived experiences in environmentally high-risk areas that can inform future research in this area.

To learn about and respond to the complexities of climate-induced relocation and resettlement, the Board on Environmental Change and Society convened a series of three public workshops in the U.S. Gulf Coast region. This proceedings recounts the third and final workshop, which was held in Thibodaux and Houma, Louisiana on July 26-28, 2022.

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Sponsor: Gulf Research Program

 

 

Proceedings of a Workshop
Children’s Environmental Health

The Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice and the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, in collaboration with the Board on Children Youth and Families, convened a workshop to explore the impact of specific environmental exposures in utero, infancy, early childhood, and adolescence. Experts in epidemiology, toxicology, dose response methodology, and exposure science explored gaps in knowledge around vulnerabilities to environmental hazards as well as opportunities to inform public policy moving forward. This new publication summarizes important discussions held during the virtual event and outlines recommendations for ways the Environmental Protection Agency can incorporate new research methods into its risk assessments.

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Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 

 

Proceedings of a Workshop
Foundations of Data Science for Students in Grades K-12

This new publication from the Board on Science Education summarizes a workshop held to support student learning, curriculum development, and preparing educators in K–12 data science education. Workshop participants included researchers and practitioners engaged in K–12 data science education from a variety of contexts and whose efforts include standalone curricula as well as activities integrated within other content areas, such as STEM disciplines and the humanities. The proceedings from this workshop offers key takeaways from the discussion on the goals and outcomes of K–12 data science education, explores ways of integrating data science into the K–12 system, and identifies high priority areas for future research and practice.

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Sponsor: Valhalla Foundation

 

 

Proceedings of a Workshop and Proceedings—in Brief
Intergenerational Poverty and Mobility Among Native Americans in the United States

These new publications from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families summarize a workshop held to inform the work of the Committee on Policies and Programs to Reduce Intergenerational Poverty by convening tribal leaders and researchers to offer their perspectives on intergenerational poverty and mobility among Native Americans in the United States.

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Sponsors: Administration for Children and Families, Bainum Family Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Foundation for Child Development, Russell Sage Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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